It’s summer and we love the lack of routines. There are some days we can stay in pajamas all day and play unlimited. The change of seasons is best when you create new routines that suit the season itself. Summer routines makes the season more fun! Check out these 11 routines that make life better.
1. Set a bedtime.
Even in the summer it’s best when everyone gets a great night’s rest. When everyone is in bed, parents can shut off their lights early too.
2. Start or end the day with a bike ride or a walk.
Get moving this summer with time for exercise. The days are longer so you can take advantage of the cooler summer dusk to get outside.
3. Set tech limits.
It’s easier to set limits at the beginning than nag all summer. Your limits can include using a timer so when the bell rings, it’s time to get started on something else.
4. Eat 3 fruits and veggies each day.
Summer brings lots of great vegetables in season. Try something new like a mango or kiwi. Pick your own blueberries or strawberries.
5. Brain boost with flash card, a workbook, or tech games.
It takes up to 2 weeks to review when school begins. Keep your kids brains fresh all summer. Join the fun by learning too!
6. Read every day. It can be a book, a blog, or a magazine.
Read together as a family so you all spend time together. Talk about what you read to share information of all types.
7. Set aside weekly down time.
Summer is our time to unwind. Intentionally plan time to do nothing. You will be surprised how refreshed you feel and less stressed too. Mark off those days on your calendar to be sure they stay open.
8. Establish ways your family can help around the house.
Helping prep and cook dinner, taking out the trash, and laundry are ways kids can be more involved during the summer. There’s fewer school responsibilities so add in a few for your home.
9. Declutter a little at a time.
Just 15 minutes to declutter drawers, under the sink, and other small spots around the house. Have your kids declutter their own rooms. It’s a time your kids can assess what’s most important to them and share their blessings with others. This is especially helpful if there are summer birthdays in your home.
10. Play games and do puzzles.
Hopscotch, Monopoly, Bingo, Old Maid and many other games are great family fun. Our kids don’t always know there are other games besides technology.
11. Practice gratitude together.
Gather together each day to share what you are grateful for. It can be through a conversation at dinner or a gratitude journal. Knowing that we are blessed by our family and friends helps us all be more positive.
Keep hydrated with plenty of water. Have a camelback water thermos for each kid and yourself. Keep it refilled all day long and carry it with you. We all need lots of hydration during the summer.
Your summer routines add a little structure to busy days. When everyone shares the routines in their home, life runs more smoothly. What routines can you start this week at your family meeting for summer?
What summer routines are in place at your home?
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