Summer Mode with Kiddos

Episode 5-105
Posted on June 18, 2018

Summer is here so all four of my chicks are in one basket! While I LOVE this, I tend to romanticize the first few weeks of summer break… I picture us all eating a big breakfast together, then the kids hold hands and skip in the yard. Then, reality hits! Listen in as I share what I did differently this summer and how I plan ahead so everyone (including me) has some fun!

Give yourself and your family grace during this transition time!

Schedule a “Summer Breakfast Kick-Off Event” and discuss these topics with your family!

Expectations/Goals:

  • Camping
  • Vacation
  • Drive-in movie theatre
  • Campfires
  • See “The Incredibles 2” in the theatre
  • Rodeo
  • Ride horses more often
  • Pool date with mom and dad
  • Yahtzee game in the yard
  • Playdates (each child said who they wanted to do playdates with)

 Schedule:

  • 7:30 am Wake up
  • Dressed, hair done & beds made
  • Bible verses & scripture review
  • Breakfast & clean up
  • Morning chores (try a picture chart)
  • Help with food prep
  • 8:30 they know I start work
  • 9:00 play time, screen time, piano practice, art/coloring pictures
  • 10:00 snack time
  • 12:00 lunch
  • Game time! (An intentional pause in the day where we do something together.)
  • Nap Time (for our 3 year old)
  • 1:30 Nanny arrives (I give instructions and expectations)
  • 5:30 pm Evening chores
  • 6:00 pm Supper

Rules:

  • Wet towels and swimsuits (hung up outside, not left on the floor)
  • Screen time (limited to 2 hours per day, broken into 30-minute increments)
  • Bed made and dressed before breakfast

“Inspect what you expect” to make sure you are following through with these (follow-through is the hardest part)!

Quarter Craze:

  • Each child has their name on a jar
  • We give 25 cents for acts of kindness and respect to encourage good behavior
  • This builds confidence when they accumulate quarters and we plan to do something special with the money at the end of the summer
  • If they do something disrespectful, we empty their quarter jar

Field Trip Fridays (I quit work by 3pm on the Friday’s that I can)

  • Go for a hike
  • Go to the pool

We got this Encouragers!
Happy Summer!!

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