5 Tips For Surviving Summer Vacation
The majority of moms are particularly eager for the commencement of summer vacation. Just having the kids home, making sweet memories, delightful giggles, and those long awaited hot summer days. I especially love summer vacation. I have worked many summers where my kids were in daycare. Now, I’m a stay at home mommy and being home when the kids, is a wonderful gift and blessing.
Some moms struggle with the thought of kids home, day in and day out. When will I ever have peace again? How will I make it through the whole summer with a full head of hair? I, too, have days where I wonder how I didn’t pull my hair out. Yes, kids can be very busy, and at times, add a whole new level of stress when home. But, be rest assured, that I am going to provide a SUMMER VACATION SURVIVAL KIT to help with the anxiety of little ones running around for the next three months.
This bag will be a necessity to your survival. It will hold all of the unexpected surprises that will inevitably come along. So what’s in this bag?
- Plastic Bags (Left over from groceries) Great to throw trash in or wetsuits
- Wipes for those sticky fingers and messes
- A small wallet with extra change for waters or in case the ice cream man is near
- Extra diapers and baby swimmers
- Tylenol for children and mom
- Aloe to soothe sunburned skin (Please wear lots of sunscreens)
(Don’t forget to have a first Aid Kit in the car)
Each family has specific needs so keep this bag well stalked throughout the summer and keep the bag right in the car. Trust me, when a Band-Aid is needed, or a child needs water, or a bad headache strikes at the worst possible time, knowing your Summer-take-along-bag is equipped with exactly what you need is a huge relief and key to summer vacation survival. Also, you will be the go to mom that everyone loves, because you always have everything someone else doesn’t.
Rainy Day Basket
Summer is mostly made up of warm, sunny days. However, from time to time we have an occasional rainy day or several days. It is fundamental to surviving summer with a rainy day basket. Stuff, the kids, are not allowed to have access to unless it is raining outside. So one of my summer rules is Kindles, iPads, electronics of any kind stay put in this basket. The only time I allow this rule to be broken is when we are traveling. So what’s in this basket?
- Coloring books
- Several cheap movies, you can get these at your local Walmart, and they stay sealed until that rainy day.
- Play Dough
- Flash Cards and Education workbooks
- Rainy day fund Jar
Every basket will look different depending on the age of your children. Keep this basket off limits so that the items will stay fresh for the kiddos this summer. If your child is an older child, the adult coloring is fun. I even enjoy them. Educational books will be fun for the younger ones as they love to play school. The rainy day fund is a great way to save for outings like the movies, a children’s museum or a fun lunch. Cooking is always fun on days that keep them stuck inside. So you’ve got your bag ready and your rainy day basket now, lets focus on some fun.
Summer just isn’t the same without the proper summer toys. It is crucial to stock up on toy fun. You can find many items at Rite Aid or Walmart and sometimes they are half off or buy one get one. So what are the must-have summer essentials?
- Your kids’ bikes! Make sure they are all ready for summer, tires have air, the chain is greased, and helmets are fitted. Don’t forget the helmets.
- Water guns
- Water balloons
- Pool toys
- Sidewalk Chalk
Don’t let summer sneak up on you without having a game plan. There are so many free things for kids to do in whatever state you live in. I always google free activities for kids in my home state and lot’s of ideas come up. Also, www.familydaysout.com has a ton of things to do with the kids in whatever state you live in. I like to make a game plan of different activities through the summer so every few weeks we have something extra special to look forward to. A good baseball game is our family favorite. National and State parks provide freebie days too! So go check out your local parks and start planning. https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm Summer camps can be super fun! Seek out summer camps that your children could attend for a week or even just a day! Some of my fondest memories were at summer camp, meeting new friends, art’s and craft’s, hiking, campfire songs, so much fun!
Cool Off With Cool Recipes
Summer just isn’t the same without those fabulous ice cream cones, frozen smoothies, homemade popsicles and root beer floats! Instead of buying them, find a tasty recipe and make delicious memories with your kiddos. Our family favorite on a hot day, root beer floats!
Root Beer Floats
- Your favorite Vanilla Ice Cream
- Bottle of Root Beer
- Whipped Cream
- Chocolate syrup
Grab a tall glass and add a large scoop of vanilla ice cream then add soda and repeat. Do so until you reach the top of the glass. Add whipped cream, drizzle chocolate syrup, add a cherry and enjoy! My kids favorite!
Summer is for making memories, enjoying the heat, exploring new places and making friends. It doesn’t have to be stressful. Some of my kids favorite days are the ones in our very own backyard with neighborhood friends. So let your kids be kids, relax and have a blast. Tell me what your favorite summer ideas are and how you stay cool. Comment below. Have a wonderful, safe summer!