Monday, May 23, 2011

5 Simple Tips to Stay Organized with the Kids This Summer

With the beginning of summer break upon us, a lot of Mom's are asking themselves how they can stay organized with the kids home all summer. Below are five simple tips to keep things running smoothly.

1. Keep a family calendar
The best place to keep a family calendar is on the fridge, write down times for ball games, meetings and other events. I've found writing down things as simple as going to the grocery store helps. Any event you plan to do should be written down.

2. Be prepared for the next day, the night before
Just as we plan what needs to be taken to school with our kids, we need to plan what we'll be doing the next day in the summer too. Get things ready ahead of time if you can.

3. Find a routine
If you found that doing laundry in the evening worked during the school year, you may find it just the opposite in the summer months. Be flexible about your daily routines until you find what works. Keeping up with dishes, laundry and housework will be very helpful. Enlist the kids help too.

4. Plan out your meals
Look at your schedule for the week and plan your meals accordingly. If it's a busy night, plan for something quick. This will save a lot of stress and will save you from spending money at the drive-thru. You can do some quick meal planning when making out your grocery list.

5. Make time for the kids and time for you
Plan to spend some time each day doing things with your kids such as reading a story or working a puzzle, maybe even watching a movie or taking a walk with your older child. Don't forget to take time for yourself too. We all know the saying... "if momma ain't happy... ain't nobody happy". Be sure to take time for yourself to rest and rejuvenate.

Here's wishing us all an happy and organized summer!
Deena Davis