Although summer break isn’t for a few more months, it’s never too early to start planning and preparing for this time that your kids will be spending at home. Whether you’re able to stay home with your kids or you’ll have to be at work during their summer break, there are things you can do to make their time at home easier and more enjoyable for everyone in your family.
To show you how this can be done, here are three tips for preparing your home for your kids’ summer break.
Maintain Your Yard
To encourage your kids to get outside and spend less time sitting on your couch in the air conditioning, you should spend the weeks or months leading up to summer weather preparing your yard for your kids to play there.
If you’re lucky enough to have a safe outdoor space that your kids can enjoy while at home, you should do everything you can to make this space inviting for them. Not only will this help your kids get some sun and fresh air that they likely aren’t as exposed to during the school year, but Beth Arky, a contributor to ChildMind.org, shares that having your kids burn off their energy outside is also good for their mental and emotional health as well.
Set Up Some Fun At-Home Activities
For many families, finding ways for your kids to spend time with other children or in day camps takes up the majority of the summer schedule. However, for the times that your kids will be at home, it’s wise to have some fun activities on-hand that will keep your kids busy.
According to Catherine Holecko, a contributor to Very Well Family, you might want to consider getting supplies for various art projects, sidewalk chalk for doodling outdoors, child-friendly exercise equipment, and odds and ends for crafting. Additionally, if your kids have expressed interest in learning anything new recently, you could get what they need to learn these things as well.
Make Summer Routines Easy
Even though your summer routine is likely going to be different than your family’s routine during the school year, it’s important that you don’t let your determination to stick to a routine falter simply because your kids don’t have school each weekday.
GreatSchools.org shares that having a daily schedule for your kids, even if it’s relatively flexible, will help your kids feel the structure and security that they need in their young lives.
If you’re wanting to make this an enjoyable summer vacation for every member of your family, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you prepare your home and family for the upcoming summer months.