Ready or not, summer’s around the corner, and it’s time to prepare for fun in the sun and having the kids home.
Regardless if your children attend school or are homeschooled, summer means a change in routine and life for all.
If you’re like me, wondering what’s a mom to do get ready for summer and to build memories with her children, may this help you plan an amazing summer for the family and prepare for those lazy days ahead.
1. Adjust your expectations
Maybe I am the only one that imagines a summer of sweet family fellowship and memories made with exciting adventures, but let’s be realistic.
Every time I have lofty dreams of family experiences, I am disappointed at how real life unfolds. I can protect my heart by adjusting my expectations, remembering that there is no such thing as the perfect family or perfect memories.
In fact, some of the best family times are when we can look back and laugh at how life unfolded in an expected way. Start now, praying for memorable times but letting go of the need for perfection.
2. Use activity jars
Start planning ideas now to keep those kiddos busy and engaged. Brainstorm projects, camps, and experiences to choose from, so when summer hits, you’ll already have some solid ideas of activities to enjoy together.
Having summer activity jars stocked with things to do helps combat boredom and gets the kids excited about choosing the experience for the day. You may also consider having jars for indoor fun, outdoor fun, and/or based on the cost of the activity.
Factor in big, grand experiences, and small daily activities, too. Don’t forget to check your local parks and rec department for camps, sports, and even community based events to enjoy.
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4. Prepare a summer budget, allotting money for activities and family fun
Summer fun can be costly, with kids begging to do budget-breaking activities. Start early and set a summer fun budget, planning the larger trips first, and working with the money you have left for small, daily fun.
Use that budget to determine boundaries for activities and teach your children about budgeting at an early age. Who doesn’t want to raise financially smart children?
As summer approaches and the weather warms, may we embrace the memories made with our children by preparing for an amazing summer ahead! Moms, you’ve got this!