Welcome to Part Two of my How to Make the Most of Summer series! This series has EVERYTHING you need to make this summer your BEST summer yet! From being more intentional with your time to summer schedules, bucket lists and ideas of what to do, you’ll be enjoying an epic summer before you know it. The first post in the series was all about how to be more intentional with your time. If you’ve not read it yet, be sure to check it out as it has some great tips on how to make the most of the time you have together. This second post is all about summer schedules…what a summer schedule is, the benefit of having one and how to create one that works for you. Are you ready to find out more?! Let’s dive in!
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A summer schedule and why EVERY family should have one…
You know you want to be more intentional with your time this summer and you have some great ideas of what to do, but how do you make them happen? By having a summer schedule! It’s a well-known fact that when things are written down, we’re more likely to do them. And so a summer schedule can really help us make the most of our summer break.
By listing out all the things we want to do and places we want to go, we’re less likely to be stumped for ideas on how to entertain our kids. And that makes them less likely to utter the dreaded “I’m bored” …which is a good enough reason to have one for me!
So how do we go about creating a summer schedule? How do we put one together and what should be on it? To answer this I reached out to some of my fellow blogging buddies for their top tips. Here’s what they had to say…with a few tips of my own thrown in too!
On figuring out what to do, Emily from A Mom Explores says:
“I love having a short list of goals or a bucket list of things we want to do. It helps us figure out what we want to do when there’s time. I try not to make it too ambitious so I don’t feel guilty about not getting to everything on the list.”
On making bucket lists, Jenn from Take Them Outside says:
“Make an epic bucket list with your kids and have them write down everything they’d like to do. You’ll need markers and lots of paper because they’ll have tonnes of ideas! Tape these sheets up on the wall… then, as the summer progresses use this master list to plan your day and cross off all you’ve done together.”
On getting the kids involved, Pooja Krishana says:
“Encourage kids (5-6 and older) to make their own weekly schedule/wishlist of activities. This keeps them busy and gives them a sense of control over how they want to spend their day. I also like to do ‘starter crafts’. We start something together (e.g. with clay or a canvas) and she/they take it from there while I attend to work/chores. It keeps them engaged for long periods of time.”
On making sure things happen, Lauren from Simply Well Balanced says:
“We use a summer schedule or there’s no way we’d get anything done. It helps to keep the kids happy, active and engaged. It prevents me from having to come up with something new every single day too!”
On still getting stuff done at home:
Try keeping things as structured as possible. If you normally go shopping on a Monday, still go but have the kids help you. Make it fun, have them find the items you need and let them help you unpack when you get home. If you’re going out for the day, spend an hour doing a bit of housework before you leave. Give your kids an hour of quiet time when you get back too. Let them play in their rooms or watch TV whilst you do a bit of housework or prep dinner. You could also use the time to take a few minutes for you – because you need time to recharge too!
On slowing things down, Vanessa from Mum of 5 Trying to Survive says:
“Summer is the perfect time to make lasting memories. Simplify your routines and schedule so you can do a lot of fun things. Plan some activities to do together as a family. Enjoy a slower, simpler and relaxing pace that is stress-free.”
On giving yourself grace:
When planning your summer schedule, be kind to yourself. Accept that for a few weeks you won’t be able to do things the way you normally do them. And that’s OK. It’s OK to put a few things on hold until the kids go back. Give yourself some grace and free yourself from the pressure of having to do it all. Settle for that happy medium and enjoy the time you have with your kids!
On going with the flow, Marie from DIY Adulation says:
“Don’t try to over plan your days. Pick one big activity a day and let the rest go with the flow. Create a summer activities board and assign one theme and one structured activity to each day.”
On putting your summer schedule into action:
My favourite way to put my summer schedule into action is to give each day a theme. I LOVE doing this because it makes it so much easier to plan out my week. Not only does it make sure all the days out we want to do happen, it helps spread them out over the summer too. My youngest likes having a routine and he loves knowing in advance what he’s doing each day. There’s an added bonus too. Because he knows he has set days for going out, he doesn’t hound me to go out every other day of the week! Our summer schedule usually looks something like this…
- MONDAYS: Food shopping, chores and library day.
- TUESDAYS: Going out day.
- WEDNESDAYS: Activites at home (drawing, crafts, Lego, baking etc).
- THURSDAYS: Going out day.
- FRIDAYS: Soft play and/or movie day at home.
Making your summer schedule work for you…
A summer schedule is a great way of making sure you make the most of the time you have together. Get your kids involved and have them help you create it like Jenn from Take Them Outside suggests. I’m always amazed by the great ideas my youngest has! And like Vanessa from Mum of 5 Trying to Survive says, be sure to keep your routines simple so you have plenty of time to have some fun.
If you find yourself stumped for ideas, make sure you check out the final post in this series. I’ll be sharing some great ways to come up with ideas of what to do, plus some suggestions to get you started! And if you want to know as soon as it’s published, be sure to subscribe to my weekly newsletter. As an added bonus, you’ll also gain EXCLUSIVE access to my FREE Resource Library. With tons of printables, cheatsheets, checklists, workbooks and ebooks, you’ll find EVERYTHING you need to make family life LESS stressful and MORE enjoyable!
Don’t let this summer slip you by…
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That’s it for this post! Do you have a summer schedule? How do you make the most of your summer? Let me know in the comments below!
Until next time…
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