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  • Writer's pictureHeatherAnne Norbury

How to Beat the Summertime Blues and Keep Your Kids Happy

Updated: Nov 19, 2023

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The arrival of summer brings with it a change in routine for many families. While it can be an exciting time filled with opportunities for bonding and exploration, it can also bring its fair share of challenges, particularly when managing the stress of having kids home for the summer. As a life coach, I understand the importance of maintaining a harmonious household amidst the chaos. In this blog post, I will share practical tips and strategies to help parents easily navigate the summer months and create a positive environment for children and adults.

Establish a Flexible Routine

Children thrive on structure, even during the summer break. Establishing a flexible routine can provide stability and manage your expectations. Create a daily schedule that balances activities, chores, and downtime. Allow some flexibility, but ensure consistent meal times and designated quiet times to restore balance.

Set Clear Expectations

Communicate your expectations clearly to your children. Discuss and establish guidelines for screen time, chores, and responsibilities. Encourage open dialogue, allowing your children to share their interests and goals for the summer. By involving them in decision-making, you empower them to take ownership of their responsibilities and reduce conflicts.

Embrace Outdoor Activities

Take advantage of the warmer weather by planning outdoor activities. Encourage your children to participate in physical activities like swimming, biking, or sports. Spending time outdoors helps them burn off energy and promotes their overall well-being. Participating in these activities as a family can strengthen your bond and create lasting memories.

Nurture Individual Interests

Summer is an excellent opportunity for your children to explore their passions and interests. Encourage them to pursue their interests in arts and crafts, music, reading, gardening, or whatever else strikes their fancy. Help them create a designated space for their hobbies and provide the necessary resources and support. Nurturing their interests will keep them engaged and foster their personal growth.

Self-Care for Parents

Taking care of yourself is crucial during the summer months. Set aside time for self-care activities that help you recharge and maintain your well-being. Parent self-care may include exercise, meditation, spending time with friends, or pursuing a hobby. Prioritize your needs to ensure you have the energy and patience to meet the demands of parenthood. [Moms, check out my women’s retreat business if you are in the Kansas City area - Your GOALfriends Retreats.]

Foster Independence

Encourage independence in your children by assigning age-appropriate responsibilities. Involve them in household chores, meal planning, and preparation. Giving them a sense of ownership and responsibility teaches valuable life skills and lightens your load. This allows for a more balanced task distribution and fosters growth and development.

Seek Support and Create Community

Don't hesitate to reach out for support when needed. Connect with other parents navigating the summer break. Share experiences, exchange tips, and organize playdates. Building a support network can provide a sense of camaraderie and offer practical solutions to common challenges.

Involve Them in Decluttering

Summer is a great time to teach your children the importance of decluttering and instill good organizational habits. By involving them in the process, you lighten your load and empower them to take ownership of their space. Here are a few tips to help:

Make it a Game

Turn decluttering into a game by introducing challenges or rewards. Set a timer and see how quickly everyone can tidy up a specific area or turn decluttering into a scavenger hunt, where children must find and organize items of a particular category. Incorporating an element of fun can make the task feel less daunting and more enjoyable for everyone involved. Celebrate a job well done with a fun outing, like a trip to the ice cream shop.

Create Organizational Systems Together

Collaborate with your children to create personalized organizational systems when organizing spaces such as bedrooms, playrooms, or study areas. Let them share their ideas on arranging their belongings. By involving them in decision-making, they will feel a sense of ownership and pride in maintaining an organized space.

Set Regular Decluttering Sessions

Make decluttering a regular activity by scheduling dedicated sessions throughout the summer. Set a specific time, whether once a week or once a month, for the entire family to participate in decluttering. Establishing this routine becomes a habit and minimizes the stress of dealing with a chaotic space.

Dealing with the stress of having kids home for the summer requires a proactive and balanced approach. Embrace the opportunities for growth and connection the summer break offers, and remember to celebrate the precious moments you share with your children. With the right mindset and strategies, you can navigate the summer gracefully, ensuring a memorable and fulfilling season for everyone involved.

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