When your kids are old enough to start going to school, summer can be a bit of a stressful time. After all, they are no longer in school and now you need to figure out what to do to keep them somewhat structured and from simply sleeping and getting into trouble while they are not in school.
Summertime can be an especially stressful time for stay-at-home parents. When the child is in school, it gives you the freedom to get things done during the day that you may not have been able to do when they are home. When they are home every day in the summer, this can put your routine into disarray and leave you feeling stressed out.
But don’t fret. There are a number of different things that you can implement to make summertime parenting far more easier than it may have been in the past.
Keep to a Routine
Sure, your kid may not be in school anymore but that doesn’t mean the schedule has to go away. This will help to keep you sane and keep your kids thriving. When they know what to expect – meal times, nap time, play times – it will help to regulate their day and yours.
You can even collaborate with your children on this to schedule the times when they might be most likely to stick to those activities. This also helps give them something of a sense of independence because it is them who chooses when naptime is or when playtime is and they are much more likely to stick to those activity times.
Keep Them Involved
Instead just letting them go off to do whatever they want and hoping everything works out okay, let them help out in tasks that need to be done around the house. Things like doing laundry, cleaning up, or making meals can involve them, too.
This might take a little longer than normal, but it has multiple benefits: not only is the task being completed, it is letting them feel important, keeping them occupied, and teaching them valuable life skills that they will carry with them later on in life.
Letting your child stay involved will also give them a level of structure that they do not even realize that they are getting and you never have to wonder what they are off doing. It’s a win-win-win to let your child help out with daily activities.