The idea of summer sounds FANTASTIC especially in the fridged cold of winter or even 20 or less days before school is out but we as parents really know what is coming:
Kids sleeping in til 10
A destructive house
“Im bored” syndrome
And….being flat broke
Hopefully with this blogpost I can give you a few pointers so you do not pull your hair out in the weeks to come….hopefully.
Pinterest is our friend and I am eternally grateful for all of you that are extremely organized and have had summer planned since last summer. From all of us who are hyperventilating knowing we are going to start busting it- we rely on you and we say THANK YOU!
TOP 5 WAYS TO PREPARE FOR SUMMER
1. Have your kids make a list of everything they want to do- see if they can reach 100. As parents go through the list and pick and choose what is best for your family. Knowing DisneyWorld, The Beach, and every kid movie is on the list you will need to edit their list If you think NO WAY can we come up with those ideas here is one already made up for you! (thank you http://www.simplyhelpinghim.com/2012/06/09/simple-saturday/)
2. My kids are rotten so to save my sanity and them becoming even more rotten we will have “treat day” once a week. One day a week, lets say it is Wednesday, my children will get a treat. It could be ice cream, chickfila, a movie, or even a small toy. This is the only day I will spend unnecessary money on them. This is helpful because they look forward to Wednesday and it keeps the “I want I want” down to a minimum. You can even change it up. Wednesday treat could be a surprise that they look forward to but will not know until the day of.
3. Set rules ahead of time for chores so the house doesn’t become a chaotic mess and STICK to it. Ok, I must admit the stick to it part I have not done good with in the past but I must become a stickler (note to self)!! I found all kinds of great chore calendars over at The Clever Pink Pirate! Check them out by clicking on the link below.
4. Use the summer to give, love and serve others. Most importantly in planning this summer think on how we as a family can focus on others? In 2011 we started a Christmas in July **4 Weeks of Summer Giving**! The activities are centered around giving and serving others through “summer” type projects. Here is a calendar of events to help you get started. Do not feel like you have to do 4 weeks or even do them all through the month of July… spread them out…maybe do one a week. Check this link out (http://www.yourchristmasangel.com/kids-christ/) to see last years post on our lemonade stand. Visit my pinterest board www.pinterest.com/heartboxllc for more creative ways to give.
5. Be intentional! As always do not let these 8-10 weeks fly by and have nothing to say for them. Although as parents we get tired and frustrated but THIS is our time with our kids. Knowing that they will not be in the house every summer lets make this summer memorable and with intentional teaching. The best teaching is biblical centered and not worldly centered. What ways as parents can we use this summer to point our children upward? I would love to hear your comments!
Intentional living to be continued………Post to follow!