The Best Idea I’ve Ever Had

**Some products were gifted to me in exchange for inclusion in this post, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own**

Okay, you got me. There hasn’t been a Meatless Monday post in several weeks and I do feel really bad about that. But you guys, it’s summer and it’s hot and I just don’t feel like spending as much time slaving away in the kitchen. I promise to return soon with some awesome new recipes (courtesy of a celebrity guest chef!!!), but for now, I want to tell you about the best idea I’ve ever had. Literally. In my life.

During the school year, I work 20 hours per week out of the house and one million and seven hundred thousand hours while at home. That being said, when summer hits and both me and the kiddos are out of school, those extra 20 hours at home start to add up pretty quickly. So on the eve of the last week of school I came up with an idea. An idea to save my sanity for the next 8-weeks while simultaneously doling out some pretty bad-A parenting.

(It’s possible that I’m 25% too proud of this idea, but I’m just going to roll with it, because it’s summer break and I’ve got nothing else going on.)

Before I came up with my perfectly brilliant plan, I’d been clicking around Pinterest for non-elaborate summer activities for us to schedule and I noticed a common theme: every single activity required adult participation.

I’m all for playing with my kids, but there comes a time when a mama just wants to sit down and drink her iced coffee (or are we all doing cold brew now?) in peace. So I came up with the idea of The Summer Fun Guide 2017. Did you guys just hear trumpets? I feel like I just heard trumpets… Anyway, the idea was painfully simple. Much like on Pinterest, each day, Monday-Friday, gets a theme:

Make It Monday

Trips Tuesday

Wet ‘n’ Wild Wednesday

Thankful Thursday

Fun Friday

But unlike on Pinterest, all the activities included in the binder can be done completely independently by my 3 & 6-year-olds. Of course, I’m available to help, if a problem arises, but for the most part every single activity is age-appropriate enough for them to tackle on their own.

   

 

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We’re two weeks into summer and I feel confident enough to say that the The Summer Fun Guide 2017 has been a resounding success. My 6-year-old (who just learned to read this year) is incredibly excited to read the list and choose an activity every morning. Even if it only takes them 20 minutes to complete and I’ll be honest, they usually get caught up doing whatever they’re doing – (especially if I let them do art projects or drive race cars on the rug in my bedroom. They think they’re getting away with something, but joke’s on them! This Lorena Canals rug is majorly durable and totally machine washable!) and I get a chance to get a few things accomplished around the house.

While I love having the opportunity to experience some “me time”, what I think is so great about the The Summer Fun Guide 2017 is that it offers my kiddos a chance to have some independence and exercise their creative muscles, without me helicoptering all over the place.

Because my propellors are still majorly exhausted at around 7:45am.

As you can seeThe Summer Fun Guide 2017 is totally handmade, so I have no printables to offer or downloads to dish out (and to be honest, I’d have no idea how to create something like that anyway…) but if you’re in need of a brief respite from the demands of summer parenting, I encourage you to give it a try! Oh and if all else fails, there’s always this:

 

24 Comments

  1. What a cute creative idea!! I love it!

  2. This Is so great!!mine are both in camp
    Each day but this would be great for after camp! Not just video games all day…

  3. That’s such a fun idea. Thank’s for sahring, I especially like the Thankful Thursday 🙂

  4. Starting today with my daughter! I’m always looking for new things for her to do during the summer. Thanks!

  5. That’s a great list of things you have put together for your kids to stay busy and have fun at the same time. I hope you don’t mind I copy some of them from your Summer Fun Guide 2017. Thank you for sharing!

  6. I love this! As a kindergarten teacher I really appreciate parents who encourage kid powered fun. Your kids will always remember this summer as one of their best.

  7. Brilliant!! I would agree with you–this is the best idea ever. 🙂

  8. I think this is a great idea because I am not ashamed to admit that sometimes (just occasionally, mind you) I am in favor of being left the heck alone during a few minutes of independent play. But seriously, I like that you listed out all of your ideas for the categories ahead of time because it makes it so much easier to execute the plan when most of the necessary mental energy has already been expended.

  9. Such a cool & simple idea! I defiantly could see this working for older kids as well!

  10. Genius! Now if only my 2 1/2 year old could read! This idea could possibly be tailored for adults, too.

    • You’re so right, it definitely could be! I wonder if a younger model could be created using picture choices??

  11. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. Genius!!!

  12. Girl, you ARE a total badass Mama!

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