The countdown is on – there’s only a little time left until Summer break starts and our stress levels start to increase. The time where we hear “I’m bored!” all day rather than just half the day and the house is never clean, not that mine ever is now anyways but I know that there will be even more chances for me to break a leg on a toy once both kids are home.
In order to prevent temper tantrums, pure insanity and broken bones – yes, parents I mean you, not the kids – I’ve brainstormed a few ways to help all of us parents survive summer.
Get rid of some junk.
Life is bound to be stressful enough for those two (long) months, why create even more havoc with clutter and junk that is no longer needed?! Set up a yard/garage sale within the first few weeks of the summer break and let the kids set up a bake sale and/or lemonade stand to fill their piggy banks too.
Live in an apartment or don’t have a yard? You could try to sell your items on Kijiji or look on Facebook for a buy and sell group local to you. If you decide to go this route just be leery of who you’re selling to and always meet in a busy place.
Always be prepared for a rainy day.
A couple days before the end of the school year create a rainy day bin – fill it with craft supplies, colouring books & colouring supplies, board games, a deck of cards, movies, reading books, etc. Anything that will keep kids busy and away from the television for long periods of time.
Make sure your medicine cabinet is fully stocked.
This time of year can be especially hard on the skin and the body – all that running around and playing in the sun is a great source of Vitamin D but it can also mean sunburns and more bumps & bruises. Always have bandaids, rubbing alcohol, bug spray, something for itchiness and sunscreen on hand.
Create your own Entertainment Savings Book.
Clip and print any and all coupons that you find that can be for ‘out of the house’ fun, you never know when you just might need one. You can use one of those little wallet photo books or a recipe card folder to keep them all organized.
Stock up on food.
Nothing extravagant, just some extra burgers or wieners as well as the buns, chips, fruits, veggies, juice boxes, etc…for those unexpected guests your kids may invite over with minimal notice.
There will be days that you and the kids will be dying to go outside and play but it will be way too hot to leave the comfort of your air-conditioned living room. Make sure you have some toys to help keep you cool. Ex: pool, sprinkler, water balloons, water guns, even a bucket to soak your feet in…SOMETHING!
Remember those kids who came by unexpected? Chances are it will be on one of those days where they’ll need to stay cool – you don’t want to send them home soaking wet, do you?!
Need I say more…
Do not give up the scheduled bedtime.
No, not for you, even though I’m sure you’ll want nothing more than to go to sleep when the day is over but this one’s for the kids. Just because there’s no school does not mean they should stay up as long as they want to, that’s what their teenage years are for. You need ‘you time’ and this is the best way to unwind after a long day, plus you may want them in bed before you crack open the next survival tip.
Lots of it! Long busy days, tired, sometimes cranky kids, mommy and/or daddy…No other explanation needed! Just…WINE!