Who in the Northern Hemisphere is excited about summer? I sure am! We made it through a school year full of challenges that we had no control over, and I am so glad summer is here. I can’t wait to reset, and here are my top ten ways for “Summer Reset”!
- Pledge to have a slow and simple summer. Summer, to me, is a time of incredible physical growth for most children and even teens. They are so busy growing and being in their bodies really helps provide balance for a school year! Don’t worry about them “being bored”. Did you know that psychologists say that it is healthy for children to have boring summers? So don’t worry about scheduling things; feel free to say no!
- But do keep a skeleton rhythm going on – all the sun, at least in my area, without a lot of respite, can lead to this huge daily out-breath for children (and adults!). So, having those meal times, rest times after lunch, and bedtimes are still important.
- Plan some meals so you don’t have to worry about cooking. I love simple salads, fish tacos, and crockpot meals during the summer! So much fresh produce to love. While you are at it, streamline your cleaning for summer.
- Keep lots of open time to sit and ponder and read and dream. I think this is important for homeschooling mamas as a balance to a busy year of teaching!
- Find your time in nature. Even if you did nothing all summer but get outside and threw a weekend or two of camping in, it would be an incredible summer for your kids. If you want a little inspiration, try the 1000 hours outside Facebook page. Here were a few ideas for a summer of nature for parents who are working all summer in this back post from 2014. Here are a few favorite pictures of my children when they were small, doing summer things. I don’t post pictures often (maybe twice in ten years?), so enjoy!
- Have some things tucked away for the inevitable rainy day. I love to have little craft kits, or for older children sometimes science kits or things I don’t normally buy for just such days. Mainstream homeschool supplier Rainbow Resource often has great deals on any sort of science kit, older child toy like K-Nex, even wooden toys, and lots of great deals on books.
- Make appointments for yourself- go to the dentist, doctor, GYN, alternative health care provider. Most homeschooling mothers I know never have time to do these sorts of appointments during the school year, and it is hard to physically re-set if your hormones or thyroid levels are off or you are suffering from adrenal exhaustion.
- Take time ALONE to rejunvenate. Some mothers actually take a few nights and homeschool plan somewhere alone. If that isn’t possible, could you garner a few afternoons without your children in order to just think, plan, or do nothing?
- Read some classic children’s literature to your children. There are some great suggestions here in Christine Natale’s gorgeous 2011 guest back post about creating a magical summer. Reading great literature is refreshing for everyone!
- Spend lots of time each day just relaxing in whatever form that means to you!
Looking forward to a sunshine summer,