10 Thing You Can Do to Make Your Summer Run Smoother.
- Post a sign with the words, “This House is a No Fighting Zone.” Whenever your children start arguing walk them over to the sign and ask them to read it. If they are to young to read explain to your children what this means.
- In another area of the house post a “Peace Talk Zone” sign. Explain to your children this is where everyone sits calmly and finds a win-win solution to problems. Allow each child to voice their complaint. No one can interrupt when someone is speaking. Everyone should feel they have been heard. Guide your children and help them resolve the argument. Encourage them to come up with solutions and write them down. Then have them choose one they can all agree on.
- Call your mom or best friend when you need to vent. Sometimes talking with someone who is also raising children or has already been through this stage in life can give you a different perspective.
- Stop comparing your parenting skills to others. Everyone goes through different issues with their children and at one point or another worry about not doing a good job.
- Be kind to yourself, and take a break when you need it. Go for a walk or soak in the tub. Don’t ever feel guilty about needing time to yourself.
- Remember that loving chaos is a part of family life. Breathe in–breathe out, and take things one day at a time.
- Think of summer as an opportunity to make joyous memories with your children. Be positive and cheerful, and you will create a happier home environment.
- Make chores fun for your children. Play music and dance around the room while you help them pick up their toys. Don’t spend the summer doing housework. You don’t want your children to remember a grouchy mom getting after them all summer for leaving crumbs on the floor. Once school starts you can get back on your cleaning schedule.
- Be sure to make time for your spouse. The children staying up late can cut into your couple time. Set up a date night every week.
- Laugh, dance, picnic in your backward, bake cookies, pitch a tent in your family room or plant a garden with your children. Spending time together is what summer is all about.
Give the best of you to your children, and you will see what a difference it will make in their lives.