Our Flexible Summer Schedule with free printable to help you enjoy your summer!
I perused Pinterest trying to find some ideas and activities for our summer.
Wow, I was impressed! I discovered there are lots of summer schedules out there. These schedules had exact times and activities allotted for that block of time (all day). Some amazing blogger moms put these schedules together.
How I wish I was that kind of organized mom with allotted times for each thing that will take u our day, but the truth is I’m not.
But I’m at a point in my life where I’m okay with who I am and how God has made me!
Truth be told I also want some “me” time in the summer. All day schedules cramp my style because I can’t squeeze time in for myself. I love my kids and God knows that I LOVE planning activities and events for them, but I’ve learned that if I want to keep sane, I
I love my kids and God knows that I LOVE planning activities and events for them, but I’ve learned that if I want to keep sane, I can’t go at this rate.
I can’t plan something for them every single minute for the next 90 days of summer.
Trying Something New – A Loose Routine
Anyways, the minute I try to follow anything rigidly my whole being rebels. Can any of you mom relate?
But here’s the thing I also need a routine and so do my kids. Even though I’m a spontaneous type of person I still need some parameters.
With that said I’ve come up with this schedule but I don’t have specific times so you have a loose routine. More flexibility built in.
So, here’s our loosely planned summer schedule for all of you moms who want a flexible summer but with some structure.
Our Flexible Summer Schedule
Remember the activities you do on the days don’t have to take all day some can take as little as 5 minutes. Feel free to mix up your days or just not have a schedule one week.
Move Your Muscles Monday- I love exercising with my family now that they are older it’s even more fun. Remember to keep it simple. Go to the park, walk around the neighborhood. If it’s too hot put on a video or have a dance party at home.
Here are some more ideas we’ve done in the past; a Running Club for our family, I share that here. We love going on bike rides in the neighborhood then come back and enjoy some water fun with a bike wash I share here some fun photos of our bike wash. Go on evening walks and play I Spy or the Alphabet game.
Try Something New Tuesday –Here you may want to try reading a different kind of book than what you’re used to. Make a cool treat together. Start a new hobby that you can keep going the whole summer. Try a new fruit or food. I share here our 10 Kid friendly Around the World Recipes. Try listening to a different kind of music genre than what you normally do. Learn how to say “hello” in a different language. This is a good way to introduce new vocabulary to your kids and on Tuesdays you can have a word of the day.
Wander Somewhere Wednesday –It doesn’t’ have to be far nor does it have to be a new place. Wander in the woods, the park, the mall, the library, your neighborhood, the grocery store, the pool, or a museum. Go on a picnic for lunch this is one of our favorite simple summer time activities. Go on a scavenger hunt. Here are some of our favorite.
Thoughtful Thursday – This can take on two meanings so you can switch them up during the summer or stick to one. This day you can incorporate a journaling and reflect time. Even if your kids aren’t writing yet, journaling is possible. Last year we did a gratitude journal all summer that I loved! I share a printable for that here. We’ve also enjoyed Gratitude Hikes I talk more about this here.
Dr. R. A. Emmons details research that shows that people who took time to list the things for which they’re grateful every day for a period of 10 weeks experienced 25% more of a feeling of happiness than a different group that focused on hassles or events.
Or you can also do something thoughtful for others on this day. I love incorporating acts of kindness into our summer this helps the kids to realize that our summers are not just all about them. I have a whole list of activities here that you can enjoy as a family.
Fun Friday-On this day you can pretty much do anything and call it fun! You can make a fort with the kids, play board games as a family, make ice cream in a bag with them. the possibilities are endless. Enjoy a staycation and discover your community. We love camping so go out and explore the outdoors, I share some of our tried and true camping ideas and some tips here.
Check out the 5 things my kids do every day in the summer HERE!
Now it’s Your Turn
Tell us in the comments below how you balance having a routine in your summer but not going overboard?
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