Summer is almost here and its time to Get Organized! We’ve got a 4 part series all about helping busy Moms get ready for their kids to come home for summer break before…or just after it begins. From paperwork to schedules, outdoor fun and learning, we’ve got you covered with what you need to do now.This timeless series is back just in time to help busy Moms everywhere get ready for their kids to get home from school. Filmed after one of my regular features on NBC17 My Carolina Today, I hope you find it helpful as you get ready for the fun!
I’m always looking for smart ways to get organized for summer and when it comes to schedules, its all about planning ahead. So I’m here to make sure you have everything you need to make that transition from full on school to days on end at home a seamless one and hopefully full of fun. Even if your kids are still in school, the arrival of Memorial Day Weekend is a great time to capture your family’s attention. I know this might not make sense but think about it! It feels like summer and you are already in the have fun, recreation frame of mind, going to the pool and maybe even going to the beach. So here are my best tips for ways you can get organized for summer by including your family in the process when it comes to schedules and having all kinds of fun!
One of my favorite ways to get organized for summer schedules is to ask my kids what THEY want to do…and then do it! Give each child a piece of paper and tell them to write down five things they want to do this summer. And then get those things on the calendar. You’ve got three months ahead of you so there’s really no excuse for saying “No we couldn’t fit that in.” The last thing you want to do is come upon the weekend before school starts and hear your kids say “But I really wanted to go to the museums!” and you never made the effort to simply get downtown all summer long. Not good!
Or hot weather day jar…or air alert day job…whatever you want to call it. The point of this jar is to inspire your kids’ creativity. So hand them a series of index cards and stickers and encourage them with prompts like “put on a play” “have a lemonade stand” “visit the library”. Whatever it is that they might want to do that is a little off beat to help inspire their creativity. What I find that my children love is that when they pull those cards out, they are their own ideas from the very start. That’s a really important step, giving your children ownership as you ask them to help you get organized for summer. You’ll be amazed at how quickly this jar can nip any whining in the bud.
This is a critical way to get organized for summer schedules because you know as well as I do, if you had your way you’d have the summer off too! Make sure you have everything you have cleared with a modified work schedule and that you’ve notified everyone who might be involved. If you are taking a hiatus from a project or commitment, make sure that its cleared now before we turn the corner on June.
Remember, just because you get organized for summer schedules doesn’t mean you aren’t carting people around. In my house I will daily have swim team, tennis clinic, and baseball for my kids. That’s going to be some mileage so I need to block out those transportation times and we need to be working on a little carpool option to spread the love with family and friends.
These resources both online or in print will always give you a wonderful listing of local events that you can keep in your back pocket for a surprise trip to a free concert in the park on Saturday night or something special that may be coming into town like a new exhibit at the art museum that is kid friendly. Tools like these sites and your local library can be your best friend in making sure that you are having a wonderful summer that feels like its full of spontaneity when really, you just made sure to cover your bases.
So there you go! I hope taking extra care to focus on planning your summer days makes it easy for you to get organized for schedules before the kids get home a breeze. Tell me…
How do you get organized for summer schedules full of fun activities for your kids?
In case you missed it, check out the first step in the entire process ~ Getting Ready for Summer fun! Thanks for stopping by ~ we’ll see you next time!