Until last summer I dreaded summer - the previous ones had been so difficult - 6 weeks in the UK and everything that my babies, then toddlers and preschoolers closed down for the summer months and the big kid events took over everywhere. Now I have older kids but looking at the information for the events for the summer T who is 4 is too young for most and J who is 5 and won't be 6 until the middle of August is also too young for what he would want to do exactly the same as last year. Like last year, I will be slowing down our days and celebrating the time I have at home with the kids before they don't want to spend time with me.
There was one thing that made our summer flow and easier for me to cope with two energetic kids and avoid the stress was having a schedule that I stuck to. Now I am not talking about details like at 12.22 we will have finished lunch and must do this. But simple easy to follow routine to our days so that the kids knew when were at home was was coming. I involved them in it as well and because there was time with me as well as time set aside for me to work and do the household jobs they left me alone and played together nicely during those times.
Summer Survival for Moms - A schedule that really works
Whether it's my kids personalities or just because they are young they don't get the school holidays mean that they can lie in and they are up exactly the same time as normal around 5:30 - 6am so our day especially as my husband heads to work at 7:30 am starts then.
We follow the same routine as normal first thing in the morning - breakfast together as a family and then getting ready but instead of ready to leave the house for 8:30 we go for dressed and ready for our day with the morning chores done by 9.
Whilst I'm doing the little jobs around the house and before 9 the TV is sometimes on but most of the time once they are dressed we switch it off put on some music and open the back door.
In the morning, I try and set aside time for us all to go and play outside together. Then as the garden heats up we come in and the kids will do some reading, playing or the paddling pool will be filled up and the sun suit's on.
In the afternoon we spend time together doing an activity, instead of one on one I try and get the kids working together or doing the same thing, so we may bake or do a craft.
Once the sun is a little less high in the sky we head back outside and they free play whilst I work or do some of the bigger jobs in the house.
With no school the next day we manage to switch our dinner to slightly later and eat as a family once my husband comes home something that we can't manage in the week.
If it's not raining then we all take the dog for a walk before bed.
Some days though we head out for trips, trying free things locally as we save money for our family vacation so visit the park, beach or woods are normal once a week.
Quick Summer Schedule for days at home
- Breakfast and chores done for 9
- Outdoor Play
- Either indoor play or paddling pool out
- Craft or Cooking with me
- Outdoor play again
- Later dinner to eat as a family
- Family walk before bed when the night's are cooler
Find some inspiration for other activities that we do on a summer evening with young kids to make the most of the lighter nights.