10 Game-Changing Summer Agenda Ideas for Your Family
Prepare your family for the break with these easy summer agenda ideas.
School’s out for summer! Nothing has a ring to it quite like those three little words. Kids AND their parents have been working hard all year long and it’s time to let loose! That being said, as much as it will be nice not having to worry about packing lunches, homework and the pick-up line, summer can bring its share of issues.
If you don’t go into the break with a plan, things can fall apart fast. I’m not saying you have to be regimented every hour of the day. It’s summer vacation after all. Moms, dads AND their kiddos need a more relaxed vibe, but putting a mini schedule into place shouldn’t kill the zen. It should enhance it.
You know how it can be hard to work at a messy desk? It’s easier to be productive in an orderly space. The same goes for summer fun. It’s easier to have fun when you aren’t stressed about your schedule, or lack thereof. I don’t know about you, but I’m all about putting in a little preparation to make my house run more smoothly. And without the structure of the school year, summer brings the opportunity for chaos to set in.
A little chaos can be fun, but a lot of chaos can be, well, CHAOS. Haha! So, let’s talk about some game-changing summer agenda ideas that will help keep everything copacetic!
Simple Summer Agenda Tips to Help You Tackle Summer
1. Get up: Sure, let everyone sleep in that first day after school gets out. They’ve earned it. But don’t let that go on all summer long or everyone will be struggling when class starts again.
2. Get dressed: A little pajama time never hurt anyone. Just don’t get crazy with it. If everyone is up and dressed by a reasonable hour, you’ll have your whole day ahead of you to have fun!
3. Get outside: My kids quite literally need to run it out…every single day. Start the day with a family walk or a little pool time and you’ll see smooth sailing.
4. Get some learning in: Prevent summer brain drain by setting aside a bit of time each day for educational fun. Fill your summer learning toolkit with workbooks, websites and the like.
5. Get some play in: As much as I’ve been talking about schedules, it’s SUMMER! Pencil in plenty of planned and unplanned play. Explore your local parks, museums and playgrounds!
6. Get creative: I keep a bin filled with plenty of arts and craft supplies so my kids can get creative whenever inspiration, or rain, strikes! Try your hand at this fun play doh recipe!
7. Get crazy: When all else fails, go straight for the silly time. When my kids are having a tough day, cutting the tension with a healthy dose of silliness seems to do the trick. Hello dance party!
8. Get a goal: Come up with some family goals that you all want to achieve this summer. Having something to work toward can prevent lack of motivation.
9. Get out of town: If it’s in the cards, plan a getaway. Even if it’s just to the next town over. Family bonding is in overdrive on vacation and the memories you’ll make will last a lifetime!
10. Get some rest: Just like you’re not going to let everyone sleep in every day, don’t let them stay up late every night. You’ll pay for it come fall and you just might pay for it earlier in the form of cranky kids.