I used to begin each summer with a fresh sense of optimism. But it wouldn’t take long for the novelty to wear off. I got so sick of feeling like the chief entertainer / housekeeper / cook and negotiator. My kids began to tune out my nagging voice, especially my half-hearted attempts to get them off electronics. Or to read, do summer homework or help out around the house.
I finally figured out that I needed a summer strategy. A game plan going in so I could navigate the school break without losing my marbles. And you know what? It works! My summers keep getting better and better. And I’m pretty sure my kids feel the same way. I mean who wouldn’t prefer to hang with a happy mama?!
Whether you’ve got a full summer schedule of plans, travels or activities to organise OR you work and need to figure out how to balance it all OR you want to free-style your summer days and play it all by ear, it’s worth getting clear about what you want out of summer for yourself and your kids.
That’s why I’ve created the Summer Strategy Kit – 24 gorgeous printables to help you cruise through the summer months without losing your cool too often.
Here’s a little glimpse of some of the printables for YOU…
And there are plenty for the kids too.
Help them to create a Not Bored Board of ideas of things they can do at home (preferably by themselves or with a friend/sibling) so you can be getting on with other things. Like putting your feet up with a magazine…. Of course you’ll reward them later with your sweet company. And because you’ve had some ME time, you’ll be more fun to be around!
Call a summer Family Meeting and come up with agreed rules and brainstorm some reward ideas. Rewards don’t have to cost money. They can be things you’d normally hand out anyway, but this time you’ll turn them into the special treats they are. Use these fun printables and post the rules and rewards somewhere visible – like the fridge door! If you have more than one child, they can each have their own set of rules and rewards.
If your kids need to keep up with summer reading, homework or instrument practice (and you always forget to keep on top of it), this is the summer you’ll all turn over a new leaf!
Listen, summers are not all about list making, expectations and charts. These are tools to support your family so the non-negotiable stuff that needs to happen gets done, and you’ll have more time (and headspace) to kick back and enjoy the ride.
This kit is your toolbox to kick-start your best summer yet.
In the comments below, tell me – do things run better for you and your family with a bit of structure? Do you want to approach summer with a pro-active game plan?
Please like and share this post with all of your fabulous mama friends! They’ll love you for it. And so will I.
Mixing practicality with self-awareness, Kelly helps mothers get on top of their endless to-do’s, set goals and improve their lives one small step at a time.
Grab her free Life Wheel Tool for discovering what needs your focus first.