With the end of school right around the corner, I’ve been getting all my summer “documents” out (lists of things to do, summer schedules, brochures for camps/classes, etc.) and was thinking about doing a post on getting ready for summer. However, when I went to the website and did a search, I discovered we’ve already got the bases covered very nicely.
With four children ranging in age from 5-15, making a deliberate plan for how the summer is going to go down is no joke. Obviously, I don’t want anyone sitting around watching TV all summer (except for Day 1 which is our traditional movies and jammies day–yay!), but my tactics for the 5-year-old and the 15-year-old are going to be very different. In short, I need a serious plan. A plan for learning, a plan for work, and of course, a plan for fun. (That’s actually at the top of the list.) And if you’re here, I’m guessing you feel the same. Whatever your family dynamic and personality style, following is a list of all our best posts for making this your family’s best summer yet. Enjoy!
The Type A, nitty gritty, ultra practical, planning posts for a “productive” summer:
- “Do-it-Yourself” Summer Camp Kit (has been read by a million moms now)
- Creating a Summer Schedule
- The Swing of Summer
- 5 Ways To Keep Tweens and Teens Busy During the Summer
- Don’t Fix the Pains of Summer
- Encore: Summer Goals from the Perspective of two 9-Year-Olds
- For the Lonely Mothers in the Summertime
- Making Summer Awesome – Episode 21
- Operation Summer: How to Keep Active Kids Engaged
Great ideas for making the most of your vacations, stay-cations, and road trips:
Just good ole lists of fun things to do:
All fun, no fuss:
- What a Hands-Free Summer Looks Like
- The Blessings of a Slow Summer
- The Anti-Summer-Bucket-List Campaign
Bonus section for those who really want to ramp up the reading this summer:
- Sharing the Joy of Reading Kit
- Growing Bookworms
- Favorite Children’s Books
- Favorite Family Reading List for the Summer
There you have it, moms! All the information you could ever want (and more) for creating a summer to remember. Please share the love by pinning, posting on Facebook, linking to your blog, or simply forwarding to a friend. 12 weeks is a long time to be in survival mode listening to your children complain about being bored. No mom should be without these great resources! Happy summer!
QUESTION: What are your best strategies for creating an awesome summer?
CHALLENGE: Get ahead of the game and make a plan before that final school bell rings.
Originally published May 17, 2013, with new posts added.