8 Reasons Why Kids Need Routine

Don’t let routine fly out the window just because it’s summer. Sticking to a summer schedule will actually make your days easier, not harder.

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SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER

By now, you’ve probably learned that routine is helpful for your kids during those COVID months at home. I’ve gotta be honest though, I am looking forward to the end of the school year when there are no more requirements during the week…

However, as a seasoned mom and former teacher, I know the power of creating a routine for your kids. Schedules are meant to be your friend, not your foe. Here are 8 reasons why you need to keep a summer schedule for your kids (and for your own sanity!)

8 REASONS YOU NEED A SUMMER SCHEDULE

1. TO HELP WITH BEHAVIOR ISSUES

Have a child that gets easily bored? Is anxious? Is destructive? Struggles with behavior issues? Routine, routine, routine. I promise it makes all the difference. Kids need structure and predictability. They like knowing what’s coming up next, and feel security in the repetition.

2. TO TEACH KIDS RESPONSIBILITY

I have trained my kids to do chores since they could walk. The little ones love to help unload the dryer and stand on a stool to load the washing machine. Don’t leave anyone out! This will pay off big time as they get older because it will be expected.

3. TO CREATE MEMORIES AS A FAMILY

Agreeing to go somewhere will seem like a way to calm the crazy–until you pay the bills. Make a plan for your outings ahead of time so that you can take advantage of free or cheap things to do. Get creative or use these ideas:

  • Make Something MONDAY (arts and crafts)
  • Treat TUESDAY (cook, bake, ice cream)
  • Water WEDNESDAY (sprinkler, pool, water guns)
  • Thoughtful THURSDAY (call, Face Time, letter to someone)
  • Field Trip FRIDAY (virtual field trips are great too!)
  • Simple SATURDAY (games with family, no technology)
  • Spiritual SUNDAY (Bible lesson)

I like to stick to themes because the kids get excited about the upcoming outing.

Once a week, it’s fun to spend some money and explore somewhere new! Go on a field trip to the zoo, museum, botanical garden, aquarium, Chuck E. Cheese, McDonald’s, watch a movie, go to a local event, etc.

Even if you don’t have kids–do this! Take an art class, try a yoga class, or try a new restaurant for lunch.

4. TO BE MORE PRESENT WITH YOUR KIDS

I hate when I catch myself saying “Hold on” to the kids for the third time. When I get into a project, I get really distracted by it. Setting a summer schedule that includes independent play and group play helps me so much because it mixes up time together and time on our own. The kids know I will give them my undivided attention at certain times in the day.

Remember to put away your phone and focus on the kids during this time. Make it a priority to be fully present.

Stock up at a dollar store for some seasonal crafts and coloring books. Fill a basket and set it out on the table for craft and color time.

My kids enjoy time to build and do puzzles, and I make this an independent activity. Each kid can choose a puzzle or something to build (Legos, building blocks, Lincoln Logs, attribute blocks, etc.) Set these in an area where they can access them on their own. I make a rule that they can do as many as they want, but they have to clean up one before getting out another.

Their favorite part of the day is when I sit down and play a game with them. They love Sorry, Go Fish and Clue.

5. TO LEARN TO REST

Now that my kids are older, they don’t nap, but they know every day they will be asked to go to their room and close the door for rest time. They are only allowed to go to the bathroom and play in their room for one hour.

Don’t forget to rest too! With my health issues, I need to take breaks throughout the day. This is my time to lay down and sleep or watch some TV so that I don’t aggravate my body by overdoing it. Health problems or not, this is a great way to recharge or set reset for bad days.

6. TO GET OUTSIDE MORE

Remember staying out all day during your childhood? What did you do? Try to recreate some of these memories with your kids. Not only is getting outside fun, but it’s beneficial to everyone’s health.

Use your summer schedule to go outside on scavenger hunts, listen for the ice cream truck, have picnics at the table in the backyard, look for bugs, play sports, and go on bike rides. This year we planted a garden so I fill up a small baby pool with water and they use their watering cans to water all my plants.

7. TO PRACTICE SCHOOL SKILLS

The easiest way to help your kids not fall too far behind so they can jump right back into learning is to read all summer long. As a former teacher, I could tell which kids had their parents work with them over the summer.

My mom instilled a love of reading in us at an early age because she would take us to the library each week and we each had our own library cards! Library reading programs are amazing and have earned us toys, ice cream and even a family pass to the water park! Make sure to check in with your local library.

8. TO HELP YOUR MARRIAGE

Invest in your marriage. Make it top priority! The easiest way is to set a bedtime for your kids–yes, even in the summer! The kids aren’t used to going to bed? That’s fine!

Have them get on pjs and brush teeth at the same time each night. Allow them to play as long as their door is shut. Giving them the freedom to play in their room (and telling them lights go off if they come out except for bathroom breaks) has been a GAME CHANGER.

PRINT YOUR OWN KID SCHEDULE

I’ve included a blank Kid Schedule to help you organize your thoughts. Here’s a sample schedule to help you brainstorm:

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Treat Yourself this Mother’s Day with 4 Ways to Unwind

This Mother’s Day, do something that takes care of you, mama! I show you my favorite ways to unwind and focus on more intentional living.

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO YOU!

Hey mama, you did it! You made it through the weirdest year of all time! Some of you became mothers, some grandmothers, others homeschool teachers…and hopefully you are seeing the light at the end of this crazy tunnel.

It seems that mental health awareness is all around us, and it’s no coincidence that this year it was brought to our attention. 2020 was rough, and 2021 hasn’t been the walk in the park we wanted either. But I hope that you have found your own silver lining amidst the chaos.

What I want you to do, right now, is plan some way to celebrate all you’ve accomplished as a mother this past year.

It’s easy to beat ourselves up for our failures as parents–but give yourself some grace. If you’re trying your best, you are doing a good job. If you worry if you’re doing things right, you’re doing a good job. Anyone who is continually looking for ways to be a better parent, is a good parent. Give yourself some credit, mama. This year was intense.

And those kids who make you want to pull out your hair and hug them tight all at the same time, they love you.

IT’S OK TO TAKE A BREAK FROM THE KIDS

I remember one of my first Mother’s Days, my husband’s gift to me was watching our toddler so I could do whatever I wanted. I felt guilty at first for not spending the holiday with my son, but the physical and mental break helped me reset and refocus on what it meant to parent well.

It’s ok to need a breather, to take a break from each other every once in awhile–that’s why I recommend date nights! This week we finally ventured back out into society, and one of the first things I did was call the babysitter.

You are not failing if you need a break from your kids. You are human. I want to remind you that you are the exact mama your kids need. And you’re doing great. Happy Mother’s Day to all you mamas!

4 OF MY FAVORITE WAYS TO UNWIND

So now that I’ve convinced you that it’s ok to take a minute for yourself this Mother’s Day, here are my favorite ways to unwind when I’m in need of some alone time:

1. Mini Makeover

What makes you feel refreshed? Is it a massage, a manicure, a wardrobe change? I love the way professional nail polish looks even if I only get it done a few times a year. Another thing that always gets me out of a funk is updating my hairstyle. If you’ve followed me over the years, you know I don’t stick with the same style for long!

Sometimes I just need something comfy to wear. These tees from Crazy Cool Threads have really been cheering me up when I wear them out. Plus they’re made of that really soft material I love so that I can tie the corner in a knot to feel more feminine in a t-shirt…

They even have some cute Mother’s Day tees! Here are my favorites right now:

2. Bookstore Browsing

For all the holidays that I receive gifts, I always ask for books. Lots of them. So when I get a minute to myself, my favorite place to go is to the bookstore. It could be the library, a used bookstore or Barnes and Noble—I love them all the same. Something about all the things to be discovered really gets me excited. Throw in a pretty cover and I’m hooked. Lately I’ve been devouring all kinds of memoirs, self-help and Bible study resources.

My favorites publishers are Zondervan, Flow Magazine, Chronicle Books, and Thomas Nelson (to name a few). Here are some guaranteed to pump you up:

3. Coffee Shop Writing

I am a walking cliche. I love to write in a coffee shop. If I’m going to read, I have to have a cozy chair, and those are usually gone too fast in a coffee shop, so I read at home, and write in public. You don’t have to be writing the next great American novel to be a writer, you can journal, start your own blog, write an old-fashioned letter by snail mail, or work through your next big plans on a spreadsheet.

Either way, I highly recommend finding a coffee shop you love, and regularly going by yourself to work on something that cheers you up. Talk about feeling refreshed—this one tops my list. Looking for a notebook to get you inspired? Here are a few I love:

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4. Spiritual “Retreat”

I’ve been fortunate to have time to myself now that the kids are back in school, and many times I find I enjoy a quiet house where I can mentally reset my mind. I’ve learned quite a bit about the benefits of meditation over the years through the free Headspace app, and of course winding down with a warm bath helps calm my nerves. But the thing that helps the most is when I get out my Bible and pray over the Psalms, journal my thoughts, or set some new spiritual goals.

The day to day busyness causes me to put a lot of this on the back burner, and oftentimes I need a reset on my spiritual life—a reminder that prayer and study is vital to my wellbeing, not just another thing on my to-do list.

If you find yourself stagnant, or uninspired these days, I challenge you to look at why. Are you avoiding changes you need to make in your own personal life? Are you blocking out the hard stuff because it’s easier to just go through the motions? Don’t settle for survival mode or avoidance. It’s a lonely place to be. Dig into your Bible today and be encouraged! He’s got you!

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The Ultimate Family Summer Bucket List Printable

The Ultimate Family Summer Bucket List is ready for you to print! On a budget? Summer is the perfect time to find free stuff to do outdoors!

SUMMERTIME, SUMMERTIME, SUMM-SUMM-SUMM-SUMMERTIME…

I had a neighbor when I was young that my brother and I hung out with from dawn to dusk every day in the summer. We lived in a suburb outside of DC and enjoyed snow in the winter and changing leaves in the autumn. But summertime…summertime was our time. It was when we ruled the neighborhood.

As the oldest in the group, I headed up “field trips” to the community pool, and we created our own “Summertime Kids’ Club” complete with dues and a newsletter.

We lived in a neighborhood where you could shoot fireworks in the front yard on the Fourth of July and catch lightning bugs in the backyard. So as a mom, I can’t help but want to bring a little bit of that magic back to my own children’s summers.

Summertime is unique in that you don’t have to find as much time to squeeze family activities in. More times than not, most parents are desperate to find something to fill the time they have while the kids are home for summer.

While there is value in teaching kids that it’s ok to be bored, find ways to spend time together and create those fun family memories you’ve always wanted.

So print your Summer Bucket List today and start making memories to last a lifetime!

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Happy Summer!

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