With summer break just around the corner, we have the opportunity to create the perfectly imperfect summer for our kids and families–but it takes a little thought and planning. Here are three things to keep in mind when preparing for the summer ahead!
Summer is going to be here before we know it and I don’t feel ready AT ALL. So I decided to write a post all about prepping for summer, in order to get msyelf prepped for summer 😂.
There are a lot of reasons I love summer, but if I don’t go into it with a plan, it can be a total disaster. My kids thrive on structure, and school is a natural way to provide that for them. Then comes June and, for some reason, I associate summer with sleeping in and lazy days by the pool 🤷. So creating structure for my family during those months can be hard. But if I don’t, after the first couple of weeks, we’re all a mess.
So this year I want to go into summer with a clear plan. Over the next couple weeks, I’m going to talk about a few different aspects of creating the Perfectly Imperfect Summer: overall preparation, keeping kids productive over summer, encouraging reading over the summer, creating a flexible summer schedule for your family, and how to hold a summer family book club.
Let’s get to it! Before planning the summer ahead, I sat down to brainstorm three key things:
1. Summer’s Purpose
What’s the overall feel I want for our summer? Do I want adventure? Joy? Simplicity? Relaxation? Fun? Love? Kindness? Purpose? Growth? Bravery? Consistency?
What does my family need right now? I picked a word, and catered our summer plan around it.
Next, I set some simple goals for the summer. What do I want to accomplish? What do my kids want to accomplish? And what do we want to accomplish as a family?
What do I want my kids to do? Is there something I want them to learn? Something I want them to experience? Something I want them to keep up with and not lose over those “lazy” months? This could be any number of things. For instance:
- Keeping up their reading level
- Keeping up with math skills
- Learning to swim
- Learning to ride a bike
- Learning to tie their shoes
- Learning their phone number & address in preparation for kindergarten
- Learning a new chore
3. Summer Bucket List
Finally I sat down with my family and brainstormed some things we wanted to do this summer. Everyone participated and added things! Some were big things like go on a staycation, visit the waterpark, go to the beach, etc. And some were small and simple things like make popsicles, run through the sprinklers, and draw with sidewalk chalk. We included acts of service, learning new skills, places to visit, and things we’ve always wanted to do but were scared to try. We view our bucket list as a fun chance to go out on a limb, push ourselves, and get creative!
I like to write our bucket list on a big white poster board and hang it in our playroom. Then each Saturday when I plan the week ahead, I try to schedule a couple in. Or when we have some free time, we’ll look at the list and cross something off.
After giving some thought to these three things, I felt ready to tackle my summer plans and create the perfectly imperfect summer for my family! Stay tuned for part two in the Perfectly Imperfect Summer Series all about helping our kids stay productive while still having loads of fun during the summer.
How do you prep for summer?
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