Thanks so much for stopping by today. Shay is cruising around Alaska this week so she’s taking the week off. I’m hosting solo but am excited to share (and learn from you) ways I work at keeping my kids busy all summer long.
My special mom secret for keeping kiddos busy is to WEAR THEM OUT before 3:00 p.m. so everyone’s tired and chilled until dinner time. Anyone else try to do this?
This is what works for us…
*LOTS OF POOL TIME
Nothing wears my kiddos out quicker than swimming! It’s a great way to keep the kiddos busy.
Most of the time I make sure some of my girlfriends will be in attendance so not only do my kiddos have people to play with but I have some friends to chat with as well.
We usually eat at the pool (which means no mess in my kitchen…WAHOO!).
If friends are meeting us, then everyone always has someone to play with.
*VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
VBS is one of my favorite summer memories as a kid. Anyone else? Ours was always just a couple weeks before school started and I remember selecting my clothes very carefully every day. Haha!
*WATER PARK FUN
I’m not exactly sure how this will work this year with Britt, but we have a local water park that is all kinds of fun. Last year Shay and I took our kids several times. I’ll never forget the first time we went last summer we left the park around 2:00 and we both went straight to Chick-Fil-A. Everyone was starving! (And SO tired when we got home!) If you have a local water park, usually the season tickets are worth it if you plan on going several times. And the kiddos are so tired after a day of water slides. Win-win!
In Texas this is pretty hard to do in the middle of the summer heat, but any relatively cool day we have we try to get outside. (I’m talking without the pool.) We golf, go to the park, play in the street with neighbors, ride bikes…just get out of the house!
My kiddos are signed up for a couple camps this summer. Nixon is in baseball camp this week and he loves it.
Sports camp has been right up his alley and SO GOOD for him!
My kiddos aren’t the biggest fans of this one. We all have errands we need to run and as troublesome as they can be with your kiddos, I encourage you to do it! Sometimes these little errand runs turn out to be a blast!
If we’ve been active and busy all morning long, then I don’t mind one bit if my kiddos have down time in the late afternoon. A little I-Pad time or some television watching is earned if you’ve played hard. If I’m really lucky, I’ll have a kid or two fall asleep! 😉
Pinterest is full of ways to keep your children busy over the summer. I made our own daily summer plan based on several I saw on Pinterest. Basically, I made a list of about four things my kiddos need to do prior to asking for electronics…read for twenty minutes, clean up your room, etc. One day last week I thought it worked great! Another day I felt like I was constantly on them about…”Have you read yet?”, “Have you made your bed?” and on and on. I’m sure it will just take some time but I’m hoping that daily plan helps them stay productive at home.
What about you? How do you work at keeping your children busy over the summer?
And next month we’re sharing a WEEKEND IN THE LIFE. Doesn’t that sound fun? We’re all big fans of those DAY IN THE LIFE posts so this should be a blast! Mark your calendars and be sure to join us!
Have a great day! XO