As the final bell rings, summer vacation begins. Everyone is excited about big summer plans, especially when that means not doing anything. For so many, this is the time when you can sleep late, stay up late, and have fun sun up to sun down. How do you handle summer vacation when you’ve still got to work every day and have to stay on schedule?
Figure Out What’s Flexible
There’s something in your daily schedule that can have a little bit of flex during summer. Maybe bed time can be half an hour later or cartoons can be on while you’re having breakfast if they’re not normally.
Make the Most of Time Off
Weekends, a weekday, or taking some time off from work are still time you can spend with the family. Make the most of those days and plan some fun adventures. They don’t have to be big and fancy – just something special done together.
Get the Kids Involved
Let them help plan a day trip. Set up some ground rules – a budget, something within a certain distance, family friendly. That will get everyone excited about the plans and you’ll be doing something the kids really want to do. They might come up with something that wasn’t even on your radar and leave you pleasantly surprised.
Change Up the Routine
If breakfast in the morning is normally cereal, think about shaking things up a bit and have donuts or bagels or grab something on your way to daycare or summer camp. Dinner might usually be around the dinner table but maybe you can move outside and eat in the grass picnic style or at the park. Nights that are usually taken up with homework, reading, and chores can be swapped out for swinging at the park or taking a dip in the pool.
Take a tip from teachers and plan out some activities that are all related for the week. You thought planning out Elf on a Shelf shenanigans was tricky? This is nothing! A week of camping focused activities could include a campfire under the stars making smores or roasting hot dogs, a sleepover in a blanket fort while reading stories, or learning about different types of trees and plants on a nature walk in your yard or at the park. Another week of activities focused on art can have you painting bread to make colorful toast for breakfast, drawing masterpieces outside with sidewalk chalk, or learning about different artists.
How do you make summer break memorable while still balancing your real life commitments?