Keep a little bit of order and routine without sacrificing the fun of summer with this summer schedule for kids!
Being home with the kids the past month has shown me a few things that we need in our lives. One of those things is some sort of routine. So I am dusting off the Summer Schedule for Kids a bit early this year to help us get back some sort of order in our lives.
On the days where it looks like Lord of the Flies, well, it looks like Lord of the Flies. There’s meltdowns, tears, fighting, and way too much pre-teen attitude. And, since our normal time at home has been extended due to the current world situations, it’s gonna be a long couple of months if we don’t get it together now.
A few years ago, I sat the boys down to help me come up with our new summer schedule. I took their input and went with it. This meant I came up with a schedule that we all are on board for.
Do I think this schedule will last all summer? Of course not! The schedule is meant to be flexible. It is summer for crying out loud. I am not going to let the schedule dictate every day but it will help us on most days.
Summer Schedule for Kids
Split the Household Chores
When I created this schedule a few years ago, one of my missions was to have the kids help out with the housework…without whining. My deal to them? The more they help me out around the house, the more time we have to do fun things!
Last year, I implemented some more Summer Rules. They were pretty straight forward and to the point. They helped establish a routine and expectations. And, for the most part, it worked!
Establish a Morning Routine
One of the best ways to kick start your day is to have a good morning routine. Again, nothing elaborate or fancy. Your basic morning routine to get things off on the right foot!
What does our morning routine look like?
- Wake up
- Eat breakfast
- Get dressed
- Morning chores
I have found that the mornings we don’t follow our routine are the days we find ourselves being super lazy. And that’s ok too! We all need those days.
Have a Good Bedtime Routine
Even though my kids are a bit older, we still have a bedtime routine. Just like you need a structure in the morning, it helps to have one at night too.
Here is what our bedtime routine looks like:
- Put on comfy pajamas
- Ditch the technology
- Read a book
- Go to bed
Fill the Gaps
Now that you have the bookends of your day established, it’s time for you to think about the rest of the day.We spend most of our days at the pool, playing outside with friends, playing baseball, and playing way too much Fortnite. It’s called balance.
If you are looking for things to do with your kids this summer, we put together a list of our favorite things!
Free Printable Summer Schedule for Kids
Want a copy of your Summer Schedule for Kids? You can grab it by clicking here or on the picture above!