It's a familiar scene: the final class bell rings on a warm June day. The school doors burst open and children fly out, brimming with excitement, giddy with freedom, and nothing but long, lazy hot days ahead of them. Parents stand frozen at their vehicles... is it 77 days until the first day of school? Or 76?
We start planning for summer in the dead of winter to avoid scenarios like the one above. Anxious about how to fill the void that school left behind? You're not alone. We asked some of our favorite bloggers about how they survive the summer with their vivacious, energetic children, and all of them had something to share. So when it comes to summer with your kids, have no fear -- your survival guide is here!
Tips from our Bloggers for Surviving the Summer:
2. It's okay to have a lazy day. "Downtime is KING for kids. They need it. Crave it. Gotta have it. And it's okay if they're sitting around, being lazy and just enjoying that downtime." --Denene Millner, My Brown Baby
3. Make sure there's a place for you on your family vacation. "When you plan your trip, plan it for everyone. Ask the kids where they'd like to go. Also, we always have a separated adult and child's room. It's just not a vacation if there's a kid in my room." -- Jessica Gottlieb, Jessica Gottlieb, a Los Angeles Mom
4. Throw the day planner out the window. "Don't over schedule your kids. Summer is supposed to be about unstructured play, running through sprinklers and eating snow cones. Don't be afraid to just let children play; their imaginations will keep them busy." --Kelcey Kintner, The Mama Bird Diaries
5. Soak up your kid moments. "Let your kids be kids, and don't be afraid to take a day here and there to do absolutely nothing. One day you'll be wishing for those days with your kids when you couldn't come up with anything better to do than sit around the house, cuddle, and be in the moment." -- Mary Fischer, The Mommyologist
6. Invent a game for the whole family. "We have a game that we play in the summer. We take long walks and hunt for fairies and gnomes. Anything can be a clue, pretty string hanging from a tree, funny gnarls or windows in the bark, mushrooms, paint on the grass. I've even hidden fairy things for them to find." -- Stacey Conner, Is There Any Mommy Out There?
7. Use protection. "Put sunscreen on your kids, and that includes the one you married!" - Amanda Rodriguez, Parenting By Dummies
8. Strike a balance. "Don't over schedule yourself or your kids. Some of my best memories of summer were just enjoying those lazy days -- a Popsicle on the front steps, a picnic at the lake, playing hide and go seek with my neighbors." - Tracy Morrison, Sellabit Mum