Summer Scheduling

By whitney | May 23, 2013

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After the end of a long, productive, and planned-out school year, the relative openness of summer can sometimes seem overwhelming. There are art camps, sports camps, science camps, YMCA activities; the list goes on and on. You also want to squeeze in a family vacation and read at least some of the books that have been stacking up on your bedside table.

Whew! It’s a lot to take in. You can, however, strike a balance between activities and relaxation by following these tips:

1. Start by making a list of the most important things you want to do this summer. Get the whole family involved. Do your kids have a day camp they would love to attend? Do you want a family getaway to the beach? Is there a nagging project you can’t wait to tackle?

Once you’ve identified your summer priorities, put them on the calendar. That way you can schedule the rest of your plans around the ones you’ve prioritized.

2. Remember, it is crucial not to sign up for EVERTYHING. Pick a reasonable number of activities, such as 3 or 4. On any given day, there should only be allowed that number of activities spilt between the whole family. For example, Jake has soccer camp in the morning. Olivia has a playdate in the afternoon, and you have your book club that night. This keeps yourself and your family from being run ragged.

3. Leave yourself either a half day or full day once a week for running errands: going to the grocery store and the like. When errands are grouped they are easier to knock out than if they’re spread throughout the week when they may run over into time you’ve allotted for something else.

4. Along those same lines, try to allow for one day a week during which you and your family have nothing planned. This gives you the opportunity to relax or say yes to spontaneous activities..

Summer is a great time for your kids to learn and grow, but it’s also a time for imagination and freedom from a strict schedule. Using the above steps, you should be able to plan a summer that is productive but leaves ample time for the best part …FUN!

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