Pretty much what you will hear for the next two months is “I’m hungry”. So here’s how you plan ahead to stop you from going insane.
- Meal planning – kids are now home for breakfast lunch and dinner. Try and stick to a loose schedule of what you will feed the family.
- Breakfast – Do you have extra cereal stocked up? Buy more milk and freeze so you are never caught short.
- Lunch and dinner – decide which the main meal is and try to cook in batch.
- Snacks – pop ices, pretzels, and other cheap snacks will be helpful for day trips and save you money from having to buy out.
Make it a family experience.
- Go through gan/school scrapbooks and decide what is valuable to keep in a memory box. Not all of your kids artwork is actually worth keeping so don’t feel guilty when you throw something away that is no way a representation of a good memory.
- Go through all the art supplies and organize a few boxes/files so you have projects on hand all summer.
- At minimum plan a one day a week activity that is your fun day out. For example, it can be a pool, national park, theme park, or zoo.
- Make a day schedule– When is lunch? Art project? Park? TV time? Baking time? Independent play?
- Organize play dates – very helpful in combating boredom.
- Put everything in your calendar– digitize it so it pop us on your phone.
- Make time for important appointments– Dentist, checkups etc.… Now is the time.
- Be flexible– maybe bedtime will have to be later but it’s the summer so don’t beat yourself up.