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 Ride a Bike with No Training Wheels

I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to celebrate a big milestone in the life of one of our small friends, Lucca! He is an inspiration, isn’t he? And a reminder of those squeezable moments of childhood — of our kids and our own! This is one of those moments when we connect with our kids, not just as parents but as the child within us!

Do you remember the first time you rode a bike without training wheels? Tell us about it! [Read more…]

Zen Mommy Minute: Slowing Down

Ahhhhh, the slow and easy sights and sounds of Door County, Wisconsin. My daughters and I stayed the week with my parents in the cabin my great grandma built on Lake Michigan almost 100 year ago. Compared to life at home, it felt like I went from doing 65 on the highway of life to a snails crawl. I enjoyed a much needed week offline and the many joys of summer and slowing down; [Read more…]

How to Make School Breaks Great

familyHoliday breaks are a great time for kids to experience new things, grow in new directions, and have fun with the family.  Have you ever wondered how you could make this your child’s best summer yet?  Read the seven tips below to turn a good break into a great one! [Read more…]