Summer is coming!
For parents with school aged kids that means a big change in routines and usually more free time. Episode 55 of The Intentional Edit Podcast is full of strategies and ideas on how to enjoy summer and not let the lack of scheduled activities drive you crazy. Implement these tips for how to enjoy summer vacation with your kids, keep the house in order, and make memories that will last a lifetime.
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Summer is almost here for parents with school-aged kids. That means a big change in routines is about to happen. And usually more free time episode 55 of the intentional edit podcast is full of strategies and ideas on how to enjoy summer and not let the lack of scheduled activities drive you crazy. Implement these tips for how to enjoy some on vacation with your kids. Keep the house in order and make memories that will last a lifetime.
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Hey friends, thanks for joining me today for episode 55, I can hardly believe that we are talking about summer and the summer’s always here for, I think most of us, there’s only two to four weeks left of the school year. And then it will be full blown, summer vacation everywhere. I’ve noticed the last week or two in my coaching sessions that moms are worried about summer and having a last lack of routine, a lack of schedule, they’re kind of stressed out about what’s gonna happen when all the kids are at home and there’s not a lot going on and how they will get anything done. If that sounds like you, then this episode is going to be one that you are going to be grateful for. Listening to are a couple things that have come up that are common themes. And it’s moms think that they’re going to have messy kitchens and a messy house and be stuck in the kitchen, feeding the kids all the day.
The kids are gonna eat them outta house and home. The house will be a mess because toys will be everywhere. And there’s not any downtime because everybody’s home all the time. That’s one of the struggles. The other struggle is with things like late bed times, and everyone gets crabby because there’s not enough sleep. And then when they do have to go places racing around, maybe not having enough summer activities scheduled or possibly having too many summer activities scheduled, there’s a lot going on. There’s a lot to unpack. I want everyone to have the best summer that they possibly can. And there’s a couple things that you can do to make sure that that happens and to really set yourself up for success. It starts with the mindset, the way that you’re thinking about summer, the way of thinking about your kids being at home. If you really think about it summer, most places is short summer for where I live is really June and July.
I know for a lot of the country in a lot of different areas, it’s July and August, but summer. Isn’t what it used to be, where it was three, three and a half months or longer from Memorial day. It’s a labor day. Summer is just not what it used to be. And with kids, especially as your kids get older, if play competitive sports, they’re involved in activities. There’s a lot of commitments that go into that with different camps and things that they are signed up for during the summer. When you’ve put in all of your kids’ schedules into the calendar and you see the days left, there’s not a lot going on. It’s probably not as many as you’re thinking. I remember one time, a few years ago, when my daughter was in elementary school, it was about a week and a half before the school year was out.
I had been so busy with work. And so my routine for many years was do the school drop off, then work while school was in session for every single second, go do the pickup at school drop off at activities or whatever commitments were happening in the afternoon. Work. During that time pick up after dinner, once the house was quiet, then I could work a little longer and I’d stay up late to make sure that I was getting everything done. Luckily, I, um, don’t have that crazy of a schedule anymore, but I still use the hours, the school hours and the activity hours to be my work hours. And that’s what I structure my work time around. One of the reasons you listen to these podcasts is because you want to figure out how to be intentional with your time. So you have more time to spend with the people that you love, the most doing the things that you go guys enjoy together, and really having quality time together, where you’re not on a phone or a laptop or distracted because you’re trying to do all the things at one time back to that story.
It was in the school office. It was elementary school years, and there were a couple people talking about summer break and what they’re doing for summer break. And I made the comment, oh my gosh, I can’t believe that there’s old, only a full week left of school. I really could use an extra week or two. I have so much to get done. This other mom chimed in. And she was like, oh, I love summer. I count down the days till summer because I can’t wait to have the kids at home. I just love to do things together and have the kids at home all summer. She’s like, I dread going back to school. I thought in that moment, you know, that’s really me too all year. I look forward to the fall breaks. The spring breaks the summer break. The time when the school year is not in session or there are breaks from school and there’s breaks from activities where we can spend time together and do things that we want to do.
If you are nervous about summer let’s zone in on what you’re nervous about, what you’re worried about and change your mindset around those things, and then come up with systems so that we can prevent whatever you’re worried about happening from happening. Get ahead of it before it, even, even if you’re worried and you think the house is going to be a mess and you don’t know what to do. And you’re struggling thinking that your kids are gonna have all this screen time that you don’t want to happen. There’s still parts of summer that you’re looking forward to. Maybe it’s being able to sleep 30 minutes later because you don’t have to wake up to an alarm clock to get to the bus stop on time, little things like that can change the way that you think about summer and put it into perspective. Be grateful and appreciative for the things that summer has to offer that doesn’t happen.
And doesn’t take place during the school year. So switch your mindset around. I’ll get into that a little bit more, but let’s identify the struggles, the things that are happening. So when I’m doing these one-on-one coaching sessions with busy moms that are trying to get it all together and trying to be intentional, to spend more time with their families and less time worrying about the house, not being organized and the clutter constantly consuming them and not having systems and feel like they run ragged all. That’s the reason they’re in coaching calls. They want help with decluttering or home organization or time management or a weekly schedule creating that weekly schedule for their family or a lot of them systems. What systems do they have in place? And it seems basic, but having a coach with what I do work alongside you to help you create these systems that are customized to, to your family is truly game changing.
And that’s what so many of the coaching calls I have been doing the last couple weeks have all been creating systems and routines so that your life in your home can be smooth. It can run successfully and we implement these systems and I give you the tools to do that. You make the changes in your home. And then a lot of the things that you’re struggling with on the day to day are no longer a struggle. We eliminate that. So in terms of systems for the summer, the little systems in your life that are working right now, you wanna carry those into the summer. If you’re worried about late nights and screens time in a messy house and having to come up with a million recipes to cook and feed snacks and running carpools to all the different activities that you have scheduled and being exhausted from play dates and all of that.
These are all real examples that are coming up in coaching session. If that sounds like you, or a little bit sounds like you take the systems that you have in your or life that are working and make sure you’re still doing those in the summertime the day to day systems that make life easier need to continue into summer. You keep those systems in place. They’re working for you. If you think about it like this, everyone needs some kind of a morning routine because it doesn’t matter if it’s summer or winter or the school year or not. We get dressed in the morning. We brush our teeth in the morning, brush our hair, eat breakfast. All those things happen. If making your bed is part of the routine that you have during the school year, why would that change in the summer? So keep those things happening.
Same thing with the evening routine, you’re still gonna brush your teeth before bed, put your pajamas on, prepare for the next day. If you’re going to summer camp or some activity where you’re having lunch pack the lunches the night before, pick out your clothes the night before all of these things and really so much more. And there’s so much that can be cut to your family or another family. Stick to those things. When they work, implement them, make sure they keep going. They don’t stop just because the school year stops. You brush your teeth 365 days a year. It doesn’t change your morning or evening routine. You, you continue doing that regardless of if it’s the school year or a in from school. The great thing about summer is you can adjust accordingly. You might not need the homework routine during summer, but you might need another routine because you have camps and activities and programs and things going on.
Maybe there is a little bit of after after camp or after activities that happen, or you have swimming like essence or something like that, where you need to prepare a different type of bag. Make sure you have Goggle, sunscreen, swimsuit, all that stuff, whatever it is. When you have good systems in place, you just make little tweaks. You change it here and there for what is happening. So you’re going to adjust your systems and adjust your schedule accordingly. Think of about what changes in the summer. The you get more flexibility. Your sleep schedule might change. You can stay up later and sleep in later, make a goal list or a bucket list. Actually, both. Those would be two different things. Make a bucket list. That includes things that are fun. Maybe visiting a museum or doing different activities around your city for when you’re home also include in your bucket list.
Things that need to happen, because then you can accomplish things too. Things like errands for an upcoming trip that you guys are taking. If you have to purchase some things for that trip or purchase things for a new activity or, or a new sport that will be taking place include on the bucket list back to school, shopping for clothes and for school supplies, things like that. So you, if they’re on the bucket list, they seem more fun. Haircuts, backpacks, things that need to happen before school starts, that can all be part of the summer bucket list. And then you can have really fun things on like going to the local amusement park, taking a day trips, things like that, that your kids want to do. And you should make this bucket list together. Take time on the computer, or look some things up that are available in your area that maybe you haven’t done before.
In terms of the goal list, a goal list can be projects that need to take place or things that you guys have wanted to do, but you haven’t had the time to do them. Maybe you have a child with a big birthday coming up or going from elementary school to middle school. And they’ve wanted to change some things in their, a room. Remember many hands, make light work. So if you have kids at home that can help you, even young kids are capable of. So, so much. If you have kids in elementary school, they can help you with projects like that. They can help you clean out the room or clean out a closet or paint, even set up the room, get it ready to paint. If you’re doing some kind of a project like that, maybe there’s a project in the backyard that everyone can work together and do it can be fun.
And it can also be a learning experience for your kids to tackle something and try these new things and learn new skills to do this. So you can make a summer bucket list. And a summer goal is to get some things done and accomplished and to have a lot of fun and to try new things and have new experiences where you can make new memories together. Summer is also a great time to implement new responsibilities and new chores because you have time to teach these things. A concept to a younger child, give a responsibility to someone that hasn’t had it yet in the family and use this flexibility to your advantage. Don’t think about the lack of structure as a problem. Think about the flexibility as an advantage to you to do the things that there’s not enough time to do during the school year.
You might have to change the rules a little bit for the summer and be open with communication. So everyone knows what to expect, but things can be taught during the summer. New chores can be taught new tasks. You start to implement these during the summer, the kids have more time to absorb what they’re doing and to learn from you. And then you go in you the school year already having success with these things. So they just become part of one of your routines throughout the day where the kids do these things. And maybe that goes for the parents too. Maybe you guys come up with something new that you are working on too. If you need help coming up with these things, schedule a one-on-one coaching session with me. If you need help with your sister and routines and how you’re going to get by this summer and into the school year, schedule that session with me.
One on one coaching, we get through so much in such a short amount of time and it’s custom to your family. So if you’ve been thinking about it and you wanna grab a coaching session in the next couple weeks, I do have a couple available click on the link in the podcast description. It says, one-on-one coaching. You can click there and it takes you right to the calendar. You can book a session with me, we’ll work together and we’ll come up with solutions so that you have a plan in place for summer and systems and routines to keep it. So you keep your sanity and don’t go crazy. Let’s go back to the mindset a little bit. If you are already dreading summer, make a plan that will alter your mindset. Start practicing, change the way that you’re thinking. So an example would be, it’s not my house is gonna be in my us all the time because the kids are SLS.
If that’s what you’re thinking, let’s change that train of thought into something like we’re going to implement new rules for picking up and change the expectations so that our family learns to work together, to keep the house picked up all year long. And the little effort it’s gonna take during this summer to do is going to help with my frustration all year long, because now the kids will help with the pickup. As the years go on, that is changing your mindset. But it’s also an action plan for something that you are going to put in place. If that’s what you want to do, because you think that your kids are SLS and it’s a all the time, what do you need? What is age appropriate and what fits their personalities to motivate them? You’re gonna talk to them. You’re gonna have open communication. You’re gonna explain what the expectations are.
If a reward system is in place, when are these things gonna happen? When is the pickup time happening throughout the day? And what happens if the house does and stay picked up, you wanna have fun. You can get toys out, you can get things out, play games, all of it, but what is the expectation? And it will be different for every family. Is it that before dinner time, each night, things need to be picked up. Is it part of the evening routine, right before bed? You set it for your family, for what you are comfortable with. You don’t go crazy in a house that is too messy for what feels good for you. Another example of mindset would be like rephrasing something. The thought that if I’m gonna be stuck in the kitchen, cooking and cleaning all day, because the kids are always hungry. They’re always wanting snacks, nonstop, snackers, change that phrase to, we get to use this extra time to bake breads and homemade things and make nutritious snacks together for the kids to eat when they’re hungry and they need a snack.
Not only will it be a fun activity, but it will also be fun for all of us to do something together. And then they can eat what we make as their snack X rephrasing things. The things that you’re dreading change your mindset around them. Because if there’s a negative, there’s probably a flip side. There’s probably a positive to that too. So think about what’s the, what is the positive in this? What can I take this negative and turn it into a positive in order to do that? What do I need to do? Do I need to print off a chore chart and write some things in, do I need to make some rules for the summer? Do we need to come up with a routine around coming and going, do we need to have a family meeting? What can we do to make this successful and make this summer fun?
How can you make it the best summer yet? Make memories and keep things simple so that you don’t go crazy. That’s one of the big things that shifting your mindset does, and then making an action plan. You will tackle every day and every week of this summer, just like you tackle a week during the school year, but you are going to reevaluate your days and weeks because different things are happening. You might have a day where a lot is going on in a day where nothing is going on. If you haven’t listened to episode 45, go back and listen to episode 45 of the intentional edit podcast. Because I talk on that episode about three things that you should do to start your week to simplify and make life easier. That is important. It’s equally as important in the summer. And in the summer, you probably have more variation between the days of your week.
So you need to adjust your schedule accordingly. I’ve said that a few times, but you still have to set yourself up for the success. You are the captain of this ship. You have to prepare what is coming up. What do you have? What are the expectations? And if you go listen to episode 45, you can use all of those things in the summer or the school year. You can use them all year long. And in 20 to 30 minutes, probably really more realistically, 15 to 20 minutes on the weekend or before the week starts take a look at the week ahead. Plan what you need to plan in an episode 45. It gives you all the details to have success with that. These are things that will help you have a successful summer. Be accommodating, make adjustments to your schedules, continue on with routines that simplify and make life easier.
Change the routines, change things up where you need them, make a bucket list, make a goal list, come up with things that you guys all wanna do, work together. Be on the same page, have the family be on the same team to make this summer fun so that you do have memories that last forever from this summer, and of think about your mindset. If something is negative to you, if you’re not looking forward to something, what can you do to change it? How can you shift your mindset? And what’s the plan that you need to put in place to make it a successful summer rather than something that you’re dreading and stressed out about all the time. If you wanna talk to me about this, join our face book group. There is a link to join the group in the podcast description, or just head to Facebook and search or the intentional edit podcast group it’s called declutter organize and create systems to simplify your home and life post something about your summer struggles.
And then we can all chime in and help you come up with solutions. So that make this a great summer. Don’t forget if you want one-on-one coaching. I do have a couple thoughts available before summer and you can probably snag one of those. If you are looking for one-on-one coaching and you want me to help you set up systems routines, or you’re tackling a big organizing project and you want help with organizing and purging or time management, whatever it is that we talk about over here on the intentional edit podcast, I’m happy to cover with you in a coaching session. You can click on the link. The, it says one-on-one coaching at, in the podcast description, or go to intentional, edit.com and click on the, the coaching page for all that info. It’s super easy to schedule a coaching session with me, and I would love to work with you. Thank you so much for listening to another episode of the intentional edit podcast. I will meet you back here next week for another episode.
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