Summer has a special place in most peoples’ hearts. For almost two decades of our childhoods, summer meant temporary freedom from life’s responsibilities. School was out. Days were filled with sun and time with friends. Memories were easy to come by.
These days, summer may look a bit different for you and your children. With how busy the average mom is, there’s much more scheduling, planning and executing to be done. That can take a toll on kids, who will scream, launch into tantrums and be rebellious if they feel non-consulted on matters that affect their summer lives. A little extra organization up front will pay dividends throughout the whole summer.
That’s why we’ve created this helpful Downloadable Kid-Friendly Summer Calendar.
For best results, follow these simple steps to get everyone on the same page over the summer.
1. Share the overview
If your child has no concept of a summer camp, it can be quite stressful for them to suddenly have to grapple with the idea of attending one. That’s why it’s a great idea to start the summer by reviewing your Kid Calendar and noting all of the major events. That way, by the time it arrives, your kids won’t be caught off balance and might even be looking forward to it!
2. Get them involved
A great way to teach your kids about time management is have them assist you in updating their calendar. Let them know that summer vacation starts in three weeks and have them place the icon on the appropriate date. It will help them visualize the span of time in-between and also give them a sense of responsibility for the summer’s events. They can even create their own icons to share their plans with you.
3. Update often
Depending on the age and personality of your child, it might be a great idea to do a weekly review of upcoming events to remind everyone of what’s in store. Kids love structure and repetition, and this weekly ritual will help keep everything in perspective.
4. Stir up some suspense
To keep things interesting, place an icon on the calendar for a special surprise, but don’t tell your child what it is. It’s a great way to keep them engaged and using the calendar, plus it reminds them that some surprises can be enjoyable.
You know your kids best, so we hope you’ll use the calendar in whichever ways work best for your family. Just remember, a little notice can make summer surprises a little easier to enjoy.
Do you have any tips that help you organize your summer schedule with the kids? Share them in the comments below!