Summer FUN Takes Getting Organized

We’re in full on summer mode now in the Tucker household but this took some doing. School ending doesn’t automatically get us into summer mode. I don’t know about your household, but for us, there is a period of a couple weeks where we all “shift”. It seems we all need a week to just decompress, and then one to get more organized into our new routine. After a few days of chilling, my kids are that much more excited to start “planning” our summer together.

For me, a mom that does NOT come by organization easily, summer planning is important. Here are the things we do to make for a more fun (i.e. less stressful) summer. These depend largely on the ages of your kids:

For your school aged kids set up expectations around the follow (or anything you find yourself nagging them about on a near daily basis as you move into summer!) Do this WITH them so you have their buy in.

1) Wake up and bed times
2) Screen times
3) Chores if different than during the school year. Maybe they take on something extra like dog walking. Charts are key.
4) Activities. Ritual is the key. Have things you do daily. Weekly. One of our readers says, “Take a a trip everyday! And make it early. Even if its going to the grocery store or the park. Some days it will be the zoo or museum. We have a standing 11am departure time everyday. It eliminates the “lay around the house” effect summer always brings.” [Read more…]

How to Bridge the New Generation Gap

Okay, moms… I hate to break it to you of the MTV generation, you are NOT cool anymore! Being a GenExer myself, I’m mostly okay with that… and the fact that the baton is being passed to the new new princes and princesses of cool!

Embarassingly enough, I am finding myself saying things like, “When I was a kid…” Ugh! Ya! And just this weekend, my 8 year old whined at me, “You just don’t understand what it’s like to be a kid!!!!”

Okay, so I’ve enlisted someone who does… Vanessa Van Petten, Youthologist at www.RadicalParenting.com… parenting from the teens perspective. Tell us, Vanessa, what is the difference between Gen X and Gen Y/Z?! What is it  like to be a kid in the digital age?
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