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Summer Daily Schedule for Your Kiddos

It may feel like the best thing about summer is NOT having a daily schedule. But, having a summer daily schedule can help summer be a success!

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Keeping your kids from becoming couch potatoes in the summer can be a real challenge. Allowing children plenty of opportunity to relax and enjoy their time away from school is vital, yet, so is keeping them productive and responsible. One way to allow kids to have free range to have fun, but also keep them on track is to create a summer daily schedule.

Funny laughing little girl in a colorful swimming suit running though garden sprinkler playing with water splashes having fun in the backyard on a sunny hot summer vacation day
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Talk About It

Open a dialogue for ideas on creative ways to create a summer daily schedule. Brainstorm as a family the things you want to accomplish during the summer as a whole. Do you have travel plans? Are there things you want to get done around the house and want the kids help with it? Once the big ideas are on the table, the smaller/daily tasks won’t be so hard to map out.

What Needs To Get Done

Top priority on the daily schedule should be items that have to get done – chores, summer reading, etc. Be sure to get your children’s input on this, especially on time of day they are going to be doing these things. For example, certain chores like walking the dog are better done in the morning. But also, they may prefer to have time outside in the morning before the sun gets too hot as well. Finding a balance between work and play is going to be the key to success when scheduling out summer days.

Be Flexible

Another way to keep your daily summer schedule going is to do it day by day. Use a dry erase board and sit down with each child the night before to decide what activities they will be doing the following day. If you will not be the one caring for your kids because of work, encourage their care provider to do this with them. Or at least ask for their input! Anyone that will be spending a lengthy amount of time with your family during the summer should always be involved in the daily schedule creation process. Ultimately though, the parent/caregiver should be the one steering the schedule based on the ideas of the crowd. 

A dry erase or chalkboard will provide the opportunity to change items on the fly if necessary. So if a friend invites you all over for a spur of the moment pool party or the family decides to go get ice cream before dinner, allow some flexibility for such occasions.

Happy mom and daughter. Walk in the green park


Life Lessons

Implementing and maintaining a daily routine during the summer will make the transition back to school easier. Setting goals throughout the summer that are achievable, will likely give your child a more fulfilling summer all around. The hope with this project is that your child will carry over a daily schedule into the school year. Also, having a visual for what is coming up for the day allows children to mentally prepare for what lays ahead. This will make for a better day for not only your child, but you as well. 

About the author

Britt LeBoeuf

Britt is a wife, mother and freelance writer from upstate NY. She has a background in human services and child development. She writes for sites such as Sammiches & Psych Meds and Scary Mommy. Britt also has her own blog, These Boys of Mine.

In her free time, Britt enjoys traveling, drinking coffee and watching more TV than the average human being. She hopes that her own tips/tricks for organizing, decorating and making everyday life overall easier will help other moms be happier and less burdened by their daily struggles.