It seems like as soon as April or May hits, life instantly gets busy. So how do you keep up with all those sports practices, games, vacations and trips yet still manage to get some much-needed family downtime? Here are four of the best tricks to help you manage a busy summer. So, read on to get balanced during the craziest time of the year.
Create a Schedule
Don’t underestimate the use of a family schedule. There are some great apps out there that can get everyone on the same page. Hang a calendar and color code the schedule of each family member. It will help you coordinate accordingly with everyone in your house.
Plan a Family Day
Once a week, schedule one “drop everything” day. This means that you find a day where there is no practice, no friend time and no trips to the mall. Use this day to do a family activity whether it’s going to the movies, planning a hike, or just having a sit-down family dinner.
Implement a “No Phone” Rule
This can work in many ways and is adjustable to your lifestyle. It can be for an hour a day, or it can start as soon as a family member walks in the door. Putting the phone down allows you to spend more time engaged with the people in front of you. Encourage your family to do the same so everyone can engage, even if it’s for a short while.
Be a Team
A busy summer schedule with exhaust everyone in the family if you don’t work together. Remember, you are all in this as a team. So, enlist the entire family in helping with household chores and meal preparation. Stick together and communicate, and it will be three months of smooth sailing.
While summer life with kids is busy, it’s important to remember that it is also temporary. This summer will go by in a blink and before you know it, your children will be heading back to school. So take time to enjoy your family with these tips to manage a busy summer.