School’s Out, Summer’s On – Family Guide to a Great Summer

By Purex | May. 28, 2014 | Crafts, Family Life

No school, no homework, and the freedom to play all day! There is no wonder why kids are looking forward to a great summer vacation, and there is no reason that parents can’t too! Summer vacation poses some interesting challenges to keep little ones entertained 24/7 without school to take up the bulk of their day. With a little effort and some planning, the whole family can enjoy a stress free summer filled with great opportunities to create lasting memories.
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Here are some great tips for the summer transition:
Set Family Goals for a Fun Summer
Summer is a great time to focus on your family, and by setting goals to work on together, you can make it a summer you’ll never forget. Whether is it a backyard makeover, a family vacation, or learning new skills together – setting a common goal can turn the summer break into a great opportunity for family unity and achievement. Make it a family project to come up with some activities or goals for your family. Then break out a calendar, and plan out the necessary steps to accomplish them by summer’s end. This type of planning ahead can help make the whole family invested in the common goal, and understanding the steps to achieving it. It’s also a great learning experience for the children. Download your own Summer Family Fun Calendar here to print out at home.
Stay on a Routine & Plan Daily Activities
Not only will a family calendar help with goal tracking, it will avoid the repetitive questions from the kids of when you are doing what. Children thrive in routine and keeping to a consistent schedule, even on vacation (as best as possible), will lead to happier kids and a happier you. Plan ahead daily activities to keep your children occupied, and make sure to also gather the resources ahead of time. Take a trip to the public library, join a playgroup, enjoy a picnic outdoors, or splash around in the nearby public pool. Entertaining the kids might take some planning and preparation, but will save you a headache in the long run.
Summer Camps
What are your children’s interests or hobbies? Hundreds of different summer camps are available that focus on a wide variety of interests for all age ranges of children. From overnight camps to all day camps, to ones that only involve a couple hours a day. If you have children with special needs there are camps and summer programs available to suite their needs as well. Check into these programs early on, just in case they book up fast so that you children have the best opportunity at their first choice. Your local YMCA, city parks department, or even education center might have more information to help start your summer camp search.
Keeping your Head Above Laundry
With all the summer fun happening in your household, laundry is going to happen as well. Keeping up with the daily wardrobe changes from pool-time to pajamas is going to accumulate at an alarming rate! Make sure to wash full loads of laundry at a time to save on water and energy costs, and follow garment label instructions when pretreating and laundering your clothes. NEW Purex® No Sort™ for colors detergent features a breakthrough Anti-Color-Transfer Technology™ that traps loose dyes in the wash, and prevents them from settling onto other fabrics, leaving your clothes bright and clean without color bleeding accidents. Summer season comes with it’s own set of special stains from BBQ sauce to sunblock; to help sort out the best way to treat those pesky stains refer to the Purex Stain Guide.
Set Aside Time for Yourself
Between running to and from work and being the family taxi cab for sleepovers and activities, summer vacation can end up being a little hectic. You’ll find yourself counting down the days till those school bells ring, calling the children back to the books at last! Get to know the other parents in your community, and form trusting relationships so that you can carpool your children together, or maybe even exchange babysitting with each other to free up some time for yourself. Pencil in your necessary me-time into the family calendar, and make sure you follow through with the plan. Too many times parents don’t afford themselves time to relax, and it ends up with them frazzled and frustrated. Be proactive and plan a couple special hours just for you to relax and read a book, take a bubble bath, or simply sit and do nothing. It will really pay off, and both you and your family will be happier as a result.