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5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer

March 01, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 146

When you're a stay-at-home mom, summer can be a double-edged sword. While you may be thrilled to have an entire two months to spend having fun with your children, you may also be limited by a lack of funds (sometimes the fun stuff costs money). The key to keeping your sanity over the summer months is to plan ahead. Plan not just the special activities (for example, you may have budgeted for a trip to your local water park or the city zoo), but every day of the summer using the following tips.

1. Stick to a schedule. This may be hard and you will most likely get resistance (especially from older kids), but do try to keep to roughly the same waking, meal and bed times as during the school year. This will cut down on crankiness.

2. Designate certain days for certain activities. This cuts down on boredom; if you go to the beach every day for two weeks straight, you will surely hear "Do we have to go to the beach?" by week three. Instead, make Wednesday beach day. Make Friday library day--go to the library and take out enough books and movies to last a week. Pick Tuesday as "friend" day; your child can have a friend or two over for the day. Monday can be "go to the park" day; Thursday can be "water balloon" get the idea. You know what your kids like, what is available in your area and what your budget will allow. Use these factors as your guide when planning your activities.

3. Plan each day. Using tips 1 and 2 as your guide, plan each day according to what will happen and when. If younger children are involved, take into account nap times. Your activities may only take place in the morning or afternoon, whereas with older kids you can do something for a longer period of time. Also, take into account when meal preparation, cleaning and laundry will take place. You may even consider getting the kids involved in that, as well (if they aren't already).

4. Be a sitter. Consider offering to watch a working friend's child--for free or a fee. Having other kids around is sometimes enough entertainment on its own. The activities your kids are bored with may take on new life when seen through the eyes of another child.

5. Kid swap. One day a week, take a friend's child or children for the afternoon. Then, on another day or the same day the following week, she takes yours for the afternoon. Make sure all times and activities are discussed and agreed upon in advance.

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