Summer break will arrive before you know it and with that comes the need to find a way to transition your kids from school sessions to summer break. While summer break can be laxer for kids, it’s important that you develop some plan of attack or else you’ll end up with kids who say I’m bored all day long. Having bored kids during summer break, especially when you’re a work from home parent, can be frustrating. Today I’m going to share some tips to prepare kids for summer break so that you won’t lose your sanity and your kids will have some fun.
Tips to Prepare Kids for Summer Break
Keep a Routine
While you may want to push dinner out or have kids stay up a bit later during summer break, it’s important that you plan now for those later nights. Keep a routine during summer break, even if the routine is pushed out slightly. This will help your kids to avoid restless nights and keep them running on some form of routine so that they don’t slack off too much with other duties during summer.
Plan Family Days
If you’re a work from home parent, you may be able to plan ahead with some family days. You could plan one day a week as your family day. This could be a day spent at the beach or an amusement park. What you do on a family day will ultimately depend on what your family enjoys, but planning ahead for a family day will ensure you put quality family time as a priority during summer break.
Develop a Chore List
With kids being out of school during summer break, it’s important that you give them more chores to do. With more freedom comes more responsibilities. Develop a summer break chore list that will provide your kids with some structure and expectations during the day instead of just leaving them to goof off all day long.
Set Rules and Expectations
This is extremely important with preteens and teens. Be sure you set some summer break rules and expectations. If you live in a small community your older kids may want to go spend daytime hours with their friends. It’s important that you set up rules now so that your older kids know that they won’t be able to just do whatever they please, they’ll still have expectations to abide by.
Do Not Over-schedule
Summer break needs to be a time for everyone to relax a little bit. There will be less sporting events and extra-curricular activities to get kids to. It’s important that you maintain some routine as well as rules and expectations all the while refraining from over scheduling. Allow summer break to be a time where relaxation does take priority.
If you use my tips to prepare kids for summer break now, then you’ll be in for a fun-filled, easy-going summer break with kids no matter how young or old they are. Each of these tips will ensure that you make the most of your time together while school is out of session.