Monday, June 9, 2014

Surviving Summer Vacation

I love having my kids home for summer vacation, but, I will admit, working full-time from home with 4 kids in the house is very hectic. Usually, I decrease my work hours during the summer, but this year it's not an option. So, that means waking up before the sun to squeeze in some extra work time so I'm able to spend more time with the kids during the day.

I love spending time with my kids during the summer. We always have a ton of fun activities planned. I don't know who looks forward to it more, me or the kids. Plus, we take time during the summer to continue the kids' education and throw in some fun activities. Here are just a few of the activities we look forward to each summer and how we survive summer vacation.

Summer Lessons
During the summer, my husband and I take the time to help the kids with any areas they struggled with the previous year, and help prepare them for the upcoming year. During the summer, the kids have their summer lessons for a couple of hours each day. We go back over certain areas they had some trouble with during the school year, begin going over topics they will learn the upcoming year, and learn some topics that aren't necessarily taught in the classroom. It's great that my kids love learning and actually look forward to their summer lessons, too.

Projects
A couple of times a week, we like to do projects with the kids. We do various projects because it keeps the kids from getting bored, we all enjoy it, and it furthers their education, too. For example, we try to do at least one science experiment every week during the summer and a lesson along with it. We also learn about art and music, and then turn them into lessons as well.

Family Time
Of course, no summer vacation would be complete without spending family time together. At the beginning of summer, we create our "Summer Fun Chart." Basically, we sit down as a family and create a list of activities we can all do together-- such as water balloon fights, seeing how late we can stay up, picnics at the park, and other fun ideas. We try to let the kids come up with as many as they can on their own because it lets them have a voice in the family. Plus, they are excited to do the activities they wanted to do.

In addition to everything above, the kids also have their swimming lessons every summer, take part in the summer reading program at the local library, and join in on other activities we can find around town.

As crazy and stressful as it can be having the kids home all day while trying to run a business, I absolutely love it. I know all too soon that summers like this are going to fade away as they'd rather be at friends houses and not home with mom. Until then, I'm going to enjoy every single moment I can with them during the summer.

How does your family survive summer vacation?

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