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Top Summer Tips For Parents

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Summer is the time where I let to press the reset button, take a deep breath and enjoy my little ones.  I also try not to be so laid back that they lose track of any sort of structure.  I do try to keep an adequate schedule that will enable them to enjoy the summer and also get enough rest, eat well, stay active and prepare them for the next grade level.

Here are some of the things I will be sticking to this summer with my mini tribe:

1. Encourage exercise, whether swimming, hiking, surfing, walking or running.  Have your kids staying active is the goal.  For tips on what you could do click here.

2. Stay Hydrated.  Your body requires hydration and when you are in heat it requires even more.  The trick is to hydrate before, during and after your kids activities.  I found some great tips on staying cool on the CDC website.  One thing you want to do as a parent is have your kids stay away from caffeinated beverages.  They only dehydrate your child.  Fill up a canteen with some spring water, which is the best hydration for your kids and be on the go!

As a mom, I am loving the Klean Kanteen, which also comes in sizes for the little ones.


Klean Kanteen 27 oz Stainless Steel Water Bottle (Sports Cap 3.0 in Black) – Green Fatigue



Klean Kid Kanteen Stainless Steel Sippy, Silver, 12-Ounce

 

3.  Healthy Snacks:  Trust me I know its hard to not to give in to the kids when it comes to snacks, but I can promise you I recognize that I am in charge and 100% of the time you can count on me packing a bag of healthy snacks for my kids.  Some things I always pack are grapes, sliced apples, bananas, crackers, and kid protein bars.  I find a lot of stuff on Amazon and thought I would share.


 

Clif Kid Z Bar Variety Pack, Chocolate Chip, Choc Brownie, Iced Oatmeal Cookie, 24 Count


 

My kids and I love these gluten-free crackers.

Marys Gone Crackers – Cracker Variety Pack (4pk)


And for me, I love love these nutritional shakes when I am on the go.  Truly delicious.

Orgain Creamy Chocolate Fudge, 11-oz. Container (Count of 12)


4. Keeping structure with a bedtime.  I can’t begin to tell you how many of my friends are exhausted because summer arrives and they immediately throw their bedtime routines out the window.  For us, that’s not happening.  Now that my kids are 8, 7 and 3 I truly know they thrive with a structured bedtime routine.  And we parents thrive with a little downtime at night.  I never really understood how people let their little ones stay up till midnight during the summer.  We are sticklers with this one routine and it works for our family.  Bedtime is usually around 8 pm during school days and in the summer at the most we let it stretch to 830, 845.  I have had numerous friends ask me how I do it.  I simply tell them I am in charge, not my kids.  We set the rules, we set the structure, and if we let them be in charge they would be up all night eating a sugar infused diet.

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5.  Reading: I think this one is something we all need to follow.  As parents, we need to  have our kids reading all summer long.  If we don’t, them by the time they hit middle school they would lose a total of two years of reading.  We are taking a trip to our local library and I am letting them choose books to read.  When I was a school teacher in New York City, I could remember having to re-teach material they forgot over the summer.   I also noted as a teacher that kids that read 4 or more books over the summer months had better test scores when it came to reading comprehension.  I also want them to enjoy reading and not complain when they do it.  I am going search high and low to find awesome, fun books that really peak their interest.

Here are a few books I found on Amazon for your little ones.

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books)


 

60 Scholastic Little Leveled Readers Learn to Read Preschool Kindergarten First Grade Children’s Book Lot (15 Books Each in Levels A, B, C, and D)


 


The Kid Who Ran for President


 


What Does the President Do? (Scholastic News Nonfiction Readers: American Symbols)


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Overall, we are looking forward to our lazy summers, but a little structure doesn’t mean it won’t be a blast.  I would love to hear from you!  Are you trying to get them to bed at a normal time or are you throwing the towel in…. let me know!

 

10 comments

  1. Great Ideas! We keep the same bed time routine in the summer too makes back to school easier.

  2. Love the post! Thank you for the ideas!

  3. Awesome blog!!! Love reading it

  4. Thanks for the snack tip. It’s nice to have bar options for my nut-allergy child. Any kiddo sunscreen suggestions? I like Banana Boat Baby but the 8 year old doesn’t like the white cast it leaves. :/. Ha!

  5. Finding a new routine is always a challenge. Not to mention, with us both being teachers, having everyone at home and around takes some getting use to. I love all these suggestions, I have a “schedule” posted that shows all the primary things that need to take place that day. Gavin is very good at getting his “chores” done as soon as he wakes up, as he does not want to have to stop and do them later in the day. Mia takes a little longer.

    1. Danielle Lucia Schaffer

      Thanks for sharing your story ange

  6. Love this!!!!

  7. Thanks my sweet bride!

  8. I have another good book idea; “When the Day Is Done” (haha;) no seriously I absolutely love the book ideas that feed my boys natural and ever growing curiosities. We are currently reading about tornadoes (since moving to Colorado of course) Great great post as usual.

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