If you are anything like me, you might be feeling a little frazzled now that your children are out of school/preschool. Trying to fill up a 12+ hour day and keep your kids from fighting can put you on the verge of losing your sanity. Erin recently posted about the power of the summer schedule day-by-day. I’d like to build upon that and share another way of doing a weekly schedule that is very structured and works for the entire summer. I call it my “Summer Sanity Schedule” because it makes me feel a little more in control of what we do and when we do it and it brings a sense of security and consistency in my children’s lives. I also involved my children in creating our schedule to get their feedback and give them a sense of control and ownership in our hourly and weekly events.
I wanted to make each weekday special, so every afternoon (sometimes the times vary) we get to do a FUN ACTIVITY. For example:
Monday- PJ Day + Kids in the Kitchen (My kids love that they get to relax around the house in their pajamas and I think it’s nice to plan on NOT going anywhere and getting caught up on housework, etc. We also make a fun treat together in the kitchen-yum!)
Tuesday- Park Day (Our goal is to meet up with friends and visit as many different parks as we can this summer)
Wednesday- Water Wednesday (We put on our swimsuits and flip-flops and head out for some fun in the sun whether it’s in the backyard or at a local pool/lake)
Thursday- Playdates (I schedule a playdate for each child and rotate whose house it is hosted at)
Friday- Library Day (We joined our library’s summer reading program and encourage the kids to load up on books for reading. We also get a movie for our Friday Family Movie Night)
We made a poster of our “Summer Sanity Schedule” using words and text so my kids would be able to refer to it too:
Keep in mind that my weekly schedule is not a rigid or robotic way of life. It is simply a flexible guide for my children and I that can change according to our needs and wants. I also created this schedule in order to help me define when my “work hours” would be since I work from home. Defining and knowing what my work hours are and that I only have a few precious hours to work each day really helps me to be productive with my time and focus more on being a Mom when my work hours are over.
We’ve already started doing the “Summer Sanity Schedule” and it makes me feel much more organized! The kids love it too because they have a new fun activity to look forward to each day.
And just because I LOVE to help out frazzled Mamas like myself, I’ve created a PDF example of my “Summer Sanity Schedule” combined with a blank one that you can edit and make your own! Just visit www.francephotography.com/blog to download your FREE “Summer Sanity Schedule” today!
Kelli’s degree in Elementary Education comes into play as a mother of 3 (and one on the way!), Colorado Springs senior photographer, and business consultant for photographers . Kelli also likes to read (including lots of parenting books), rock her aerobics class, and enjoy weekly date nights (for her personal sanity) with her husband. She currently resides in Colorado Springs.