How to Create a Summer Schedule for Kids

Tips for reducing your stress and your kids boredom during summer break. How to create a summer schedule, including ideas for chores, fun activities, and learning time, including educational websites.

It’s hard to believe that summer vacation is around the corner. As much as I love having the kids home more, and not having numerous school activities and homework to balance, I also dread the inevitable boredom and fighting that is bound to happen. Thankfully, I can minimize that by organizing a summer schedule. Having a daily routine helps the kids to pass the time and reduces anxiety and questions about what we’re going to do today. Creating a summer schedule is also a great way to reduce your stress and your kids boredom during summer break.

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46 Summer Boredom Busters for Kids

Do you dread hearing "I'm bored!" from your kids this summer? This list of 46 activities kids can do on their own at home will help! And none of them require electronics. Print off the chart, and make it easy for the kids to find things to do.

I love summer, the beautiful weather, more family time, less scheduling, but there’s one thing I dread, hearing the words “I’m bored!” from my kids. This year, I’ve madeĀ it easy to answer the boredom blues with this fun list of summer boredom bustersĀ that most kids can do on their own around the house. For some of the activities, they will need a sibling or friend to do them with them. Most of them are easy for kids ages 6 and up, but a few of the activities will require help from an older sibling or a parent.

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How to Cope when Parenting Gets Tough

What do you do when parenting gets tough? Ideas on how to cope, build better relationships, improve your circumstances, and be ok with where you are.

I don’t know any parent that thinks being a parent is a breeze. We all have challenges when raising our kids. All kids make mistakes, have life lessons to learn, and learn how to push our buttons. What do you do when parenting gets tough? What are some ways to cope and find gratitude through the difficult times?

1. Recognize that we have a tendency to magnify the bad stuff when we are emotional. It feels like whatever is happening in that moment is the worst possible thing that could happen. “My child is getting terrible grades and hates school. He’s probably going to drop out of high school and become a bum on the street. And I will have failed as a parent. And everyone will know.” This is more common for women because men can more easily compartmentalize and not dwell on things when they are busy with other stuff.

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Raising Strong-Willed, Spirited Kids Part 2

How to raise strong-willed, spirited kids with less stress and frustration. These kids have amazing hearts, big energy, and bold spirits. Learn how to help them develop their strengths and have compassion for others.
Photo by Lotus Carroll @flickr.com

This is the second part of my series “How to Raise Strong-Willed Kids“. Raising spirited kids that are strong-willed, courageous, and stubborn can be challenging. If they are given the room they need to learn and grow, yet still have boundaries, spirited kids can become adults who think for themselves, are strong in their beliefs, and can withstand the pressures from society and friends to become something different than who they really want to be. These kids have amazing strengths that they just need to learn to cultivate, while developing respect and compassion for others.

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12 Favorite Baby and Toddler Books

12 Favorite Baby and Toddler books with fun, imaginative pictures and stories that capture their attention. You will both love these books!

My kids are avid readers. They started out loving books when they were just babies and toddlers. My oldest child is now 17 years old and my youngest is nearly four. I have read many books over the years with four children and these are some of our favorite baby and toddler books that we love and continue to go back to again and again.

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