You want to give your kids a magical summer, but let’s be real. You’re tired. And you really don’t like leaving your house.
I feel you.
Now that it’s summer, I see all the other moms buzzing around the city with their sunglasses on jamming out in their minivans with their kids.
It seems like these tireless moms are out there jumping from one activity to the next, applying and re-applying bug spray and sunscreen hour after hour, day after day, like it’s their full time job. Swimming, baseball games, day camps, hiking, kayaking, shopping, ugh… I’m tired just trying to imagine all the things these crazy moms are up to.
The point of having a fun summer is to connect with your kids and have a fun, memorable time, and to get a little break from your routine, right? How are you going to do that when you are burned out trying to do all the things?
It’s okay to be realistic while still making summer fun.
How to Be the Summer Fun Mom When You are Easily Overwhelmed and Tired
So many summer bucket lists out there are more like guilt-inducing to-do lists. They taunt you with things like “90 days of summer fun!” as if you have to jam-pack every day with amazing activity, or “18 summers!” to remind you of how little summer time you have left with your kiddo.
You already know you are supposed to enjoy your kids while they are young, and you know summer is a great time for extra family togetherness, but the truth is you are all going to have more fun when you’re not worrying about making every second count.
So relax and enjoy and, whatever you do, don’t over-schedule yourself out of guilt and a sense of obligation.
You do you.
Here are the 4 steps I suggest on how to balance being true to your easily overwhelmed and tired status while still making time for family fun.
Step 1: Calendar
Print out this cool summer fun calendar (it’s free)!
Step 2: Big Events
Write down any big scheduled events you may already have (think camps, family reunions, road trips, etc) on your calendar.
Step 3: Schedule Decompress Days
Give yourself a few days after any big event for relaxing. Write something like Rest & Relaxation Day (R&R) on those days. This will give you time to get back into the swing of things, unpack, do laundry, and you know, rest and relax.
Step 4: Your Time
Schedule in some extra fun for yourself and with your spouse. Date nights, romantic getaways, girls’ nights, spa retreats, library excursions etc. Don’t have anything like that? Text a friend and see if you can swap babysitting with her a couple days this summer so you can have some fun, or at least some time to be alone with your thoughts.
Step 5: Family Fun
Go through the list of fun activities below and schedule them in, maybe one a week, into the calendar. You can always be spontaneous and do extra unscheduled activities!
The key at this point is to not over-commit. Your main goal is to just be present together and for EVERYONE to be enjoying themselves, including you.
Don’t Forget Your Freebie
Don’t Forget to download your FREE printable summer fun ideas list and calendar. Click the image below to download for free now:
50 Easy Summer Family Bucket List ideas for the Tired, Overwhelmed, and/or Introvert Mom:
- Get ice pops.
- Get water guns or a kiddie pool for the backyard and play together.
- Watch Fireworks.
- Have a sidewalk chalk art day. Fill up your driveway or patio.
- Go out for ice cream cones.
- Teach color tag or flashlight tag to your kids.
- Have a picnic in the backyard.
- Blow bubbles outside.
- Have a movie marathon day.
- Put a bird feeder in your yard and watch the birds. You could even have your kids draw a picture of their favorite bird.
- Take your kids to a playground or splash-pad .
- Sign up for your Library’s summer reading program.
- Have a lazy pajama day.
- Send a postcard.
- Eat s’mores.
- Star gaze.
- Go to garage sales and find something fun.
- Bake something yummy.
- Have popcorn for lunch.
- Dance in the rain.
- Make paper bag puppets and put on an improv show.
- Drink slushies.
- Have a living room family slumber party.
- Fly a kite.
- Eat Watermelon.
- Have an unplugged read-a-thon day.
- Make paper airplanes.
- Play I-Spy outside.
- Tell spooky stories by flashlight.
- Backward meals day (dessert for breakfast, dinner for lunch, breakfast for dinner)
- Go for a walk.
- Art day (paint rocks, write a poem, make bookmarks, or just color)
- Start a summer scrapbook or family gratitude book.
- Make play dough.
- Eat ice cream sundaes.
- Take summery pictures together .
- Play hide and seek.
- Play a board game or pictionary.
- Have a LEGO afternoon.
- Have root beer floats.
- Make up a secret family handshake.
- Watch the sunset.
- Kids pick dinner and set the table with crazy utensils. (think slotted spoons, tongs, measuring cups, serving forks, and whatever else you’ve got)
- Visit a state park.
- Have a pizza party.
- Go to the movie theater or a play.
- Make fruit loop necklaces.
- Look at old family pictures and videos together.
- See a ball game.
- Make jello into fun shapes.
There you have it, 50 easy ways to make your family summer a little more magical – without wanting to dive into bed at 7 pm!
I hope you have a great summer with your kiddos!
If you still haven’t downloaded it, here’s your FREE summer fun calendar and 50 ideas printables!