As moms, we handle a lot: sicks kids, school, projects, pets, work pressures, tight deadlines, groceries, chores, laundry, the list goes on! Then June rolls around and the kids are out of school for the summer. Whether you are a stay-at-home, work from home or office setting mom, navigating summer vacation is often overwhelming. Don’t fear! I’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to survive summer break. A list created by moms, for moms
1. Find an Affordable Summer Camp
When it comes to summer camps, there’s a variety of options including day camps, weekly camps, monthly and all summer long camps. As a mom, be resourceful and inquire about financial aid options. In reality, most camps don’t advertise their availability. Find a summer camp that fits your budgeting and scheduling needs.
Keep in mind GET AIR is offering a summer camp schedule July through August. In fact, campers can enjoy four hours of jumping, snacks and activities Monday through Thursday from 1 PM to 5 PM. Camps start at $99.99 for the week or $34.99 per day. Find more information on summer camps here.
2. Get Organized
Plan it all out, but don’t fret if things don’t always go according to plan. Invest in a calendar. I recommend something physical that wipes off. Make sure the calendar is large enough for all children to see and in a location easily accessed by everyone. Mark all important activities and plans on the calendar to get everyone on the same page. Double and triple check all dates. Paying for camp on vacation or when Grandma and Grandpa come to visit isn’t something you want to do. Find more tips on summer organization here.
3. Enlist Help
Its possible summer camp is out of reach, but trust me, you still need time away from the kids. Let people help. Often, our family and friends assume we have it all together if we don’t specifically ask for help. So reach out, enlist grandma and grandpa for a weekly playdate. Vet a babysitter or two for date nights and time with the girls. You’ll be glad you did!
4. Let Them Be Bored
Undoubtedly, planning no technology days is a life saver. Unplugging from the television, video games and wifi produces some of the best play! Watching your kids come up with creative alternatives including games, adventures, building forts and other imaginative ideas is absolutely priceless. Another good rule of thumb is that if they have time to be bored, they have time for chores. Every time you hear, “Mom, I’m bored!” assign them a task.
5. Practice Self Care
Of course, I saved the best piece of advice for last. You deserve to enjoy your summer as well, so take care of you! Plan a spa day, read a book, hang out with your friends, go for a run, do whatever it is you do to recharge yourself. Certainly, following these tips makes a fun summer for everyone and mom will survive summer break.