Top Tips For Your Child's Summer Routine

Summer will soon be here which means more time with family, relaxed days, and fun in the sun. Summer can also become anxiety provoking when you’re not quite sure what your summer routine will look like. In this episode of the Routine and Things Podcast, you’ll learn top tips for cultivating an awesome summer routine for your kids. These principles can be applied no matter what your summer looks like. Tune into today’s episode to get your summer routine on!

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Ashley Brown 0:00
[Intro]: Routines my absolute favorite word, but you either love them or you're working on getting there. But either way, I strongly believe routines can be a springboard for improving your home, yourself and your life. I'm Ashley Brown, and this is the routine and things podcast. In each episode, I'll share practical tips and simple ways to help you consistently live your happiest life, one routine at a time. Trust me, you're going to want to keep listening, because you're well on your way to getting and staying happy.

Ashley Brown 0:49
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Ashley Brown 1:22
Alright, let's go ahead and get into today's episode. Hey, and welcome to the routine and things podcast. I'm so happy you're joining me today because we're getting into summer routine. It is almost summer. I feel like it is summer because the weather is looking up here in Baltimore. I feel like here in Baltimore summer last for two months. And that's really it as far as the weather is concerned. So I'm super excited because summer is one of my favorite months. I'm a little biased My birthday is in the summer. So I'm super excited about this time, but I wanted to specifically help you in terms of your children's summer routine. Because for many of many of us, our children are going to be at home more just in terms of my family, my girls are not in school, they're actually going to be starting school very soon. But they are usually here with me and my husband in the home and they are cared for in the home. So the transition isn't going to be too much for us because we're used to them being here. But I know maybe for you that isn't the case, maybe your children are actually going to be more so at home when you are used to them being at school, or just let's really be real summer brings on a different vibe, a different type of feeling.

Ashley Brown 2:55
And we kind of let our guard down a little bit more in the summer, which I personally don't think is a bad thing. I think that is a beautiful thing. But I also know that on some days we need that structure, and our children need that structure. So I'm going to be speaking about today and sharing with you top tips that I'll be using this summer. And if they resonate with you, and you love them and can use them for your life, that would be awesome. And just in terms of these tips, I want you to understand that they are principles that can be applied, whether you're used to your children being at home, or whether your children are not going to be in school or camp during the summer. And they are going to be home with you when you're not really accustomed to that mostly throughout the year.

Ashley Brown 3:44
These principles will apply no matter your situation, which is the beautiful thing. And some of the principles that I'm going to share today are not new. I've said these things before, but I want to remind you that it is okay to do these things to give yourself permission to lean into the principles and tips I'm going to share with you today. No matter if you travel a lot during the summer No matter if your kids are unpredictable. No matter if you don't have much time to devote to creating a summer routine. It doesn't matter here these principles and tips are going to apply and be super duper helpful. And when I talk about a summer routine, let me just break this down just a little bit. I don't feel like you need to take away everything you were doing throughout the year.

Ashley Brown 4:35
I don't know I feel like a summer routine is more relaxed versus the other times in the year. We don't change up a lot in terms of our routine, but it is a lot more relaxed because we are usually going out a little bit more it is usually a more more movement going on in our family whether it's travel as just getting outside the house more. So our routine doesn't know sincerly change as far as what my girls are doing, as far as the structure, but the activities change within their routine. So that's really what I'm speaking of here. I don't think you need to overhaul completely what you're doing now, for a summer. But what these tips will help you do is kind of find that good balance for your family and for your children, and your home. So I just wanted to put that out there.

Ashley Brown 5:27
Now let's go ahead and get into these tips because I think you're really going to love them. The first one is, keep it simple this summer. Let me say that again. Keep it simple this summer. Y'all know simplicity is one of my favorite words. Because I'm such a simple chick in it has done wonders for my life. Because I don't want you to get overwhelmed by trying to be supermom this summer. FYI. Here's a PSA for you. You are already supermom, okay, so, I don't want you to think that you need to be doing so much during the summer because your kids are at home and they are used to this structure. You know, go easy on yourself, give yourself permission to not do so much. And to take it easy this summer. And to keep your children's routine simple. In not only helps you as a parent, but it also helps your children, right, they're so used to doing so much in school, let's be honest especially if your children are in school, or if you do some type of homeschool routine with them. They're used to really doing a bunch every other season. So during the summer, this is a great time to keep it simple because they would even love that, like yes, we get to kind of chill out a little bit, it's not so much going on.

Ashley Brown 6:49
So I just want to put that out there, keep it simple. And if this means just not doing as much during the summertime, as far as like even outside the house, of course, we're still in the pandemic. And so we don't want to be doing so much that risk our health, right. But at the end of the day, it is important to get sun. to get outside the house and do some things. Because we start to go stir crazy. So keep things simple. And if that means, you know, just keeping the activities that you're doing simple, that's it, you know, or if simplicity is just minimizing how many activities you're doing, right or staying consistent with a certain activity, that those are ways that you can keep things simple in terms of your children's summer routine. So that's the first tip.

Ashley Brown 7:40
Now, on to the second tip, which is get creative. Alright, so I love this because I am such a creative type of being I love creativity, and all forms, I think that is super important in life to tap into your creativity, because all of us have a creative type of spirit we do. And when you tap into that, that can be a lot of fun for you, it can be a lot of fun for your children. So get creative. I know that maybe for you, your children were doing virtual learning. And if that's the case, maybe a way to get creative is to do more hands on activities versus virtual things with them because they are probably tired of the computer screen. Okay. You know, just as thier parents, if you do meetings via zoom, it just gets really annoying after some time. So. So you know, maybe that's a way for you to get creative with your children's summer routine is to make sure they have more hands on activities, outside activities, so that they are not in front of the computer screen. And they are doing things that even spark creativity for them.

Ashley Brown 8:52
You can also get creative by doing things that maybe you haven't tried before with your children. Tap into your creative side, if you are used to doing certain activities. I know that for many of us, we're used to doing crafts with our children, reading with our children. What else? like pretend play sometimes with our children, but maybe let's let's get even more creative than that and step into a zone that you haven't stepped into yet in terms of your children's activities. So if you don't usually bake with your kids, this is something that you could definitely do with them. If you don't usually get outside with your children. Maybe you can get outside with them and do some really creative things outside. I know that this may not seem creative, but in terms of my children, I just bought them a water table for outside and this is something that they haven't had or have an experience. So it was a really great way to tap into my creativity and fun toys for them to put in it and to also have them get creative when they're when they're playing with the water in the toys.

Ashley Brown 10:04
So, you know, just kind of stepping into a different avenue can one be really, really exciting for your kids. But what it also shows you is that it is more activities than we think that we can do with our children is so much inspiration online. I mean, I know one lady that I absolutely love. And she's on Instagram, she also has a website, of course, but she's on Instagram @happytoddlerplaytime. If you don't follow her, you should definitely follow along, she has so many creative activities for kids, your mind would be blown as far as the creativity. So I would say follow along with her @happytoddlerplaytime on Instagram, go to her website and start to get creative this summer, still keeping it simple, beginning creative. So that's the second tip.

Ashley Brown 10:58
And then the third tip is to encourage independent play during your children's summer routine. So a part of their activities definitely could be some independent play in there. And this is super healthy for them to do independent play. Because it helps them tap more into who they are, it helps them learn that they don't need to play with someone all the time. I know this is something I'm teaching my daughter is to play by herself because she gets really upset when her sister does not. And this is the oldest By the way, she gets really upset when her little sister does not want to play with her. And I'm like Booboo. It's okay, baby, everyone is not going to want to play when you want to play. And you know what, that's okay, because you can have fun on your own. So this is a lesson I'm definitely teaching her now. And she's starting to grasp the concept which is beautiful, but encourages them to know that they can have fun on their own.

Ashley Brown 12:01
One activity that I do with my girls that helps to promote independent play with them, is when I communicate that you're going to play on your own, that is the first thing to because if not, they're going to keep coming back to you to play. So I'm like, No, this is your time to play on your own. So we're going to put out some toys. And what I do is I put up different stations for my girls. So I may have a reading station, like a kitchen station, block station, music station, and they rotate through these four stations in the living room or in their play room. And it keeps them engaged. And they have that independent play. And sometimes they will come together to play but then sometimes they will split off and go to different stations. And of course everything gets discombobulated after some time. But it's okay. You know. So independent play could be a really great way for your children to grow. But then also for you to feel like you don't have to be there playing with them every single second, it kind of lightens your load to which is needed for us as parents. So that is my third tip. And just some things to think about here.

Ashley Brown 13:17
When it comes to independent play, think about what your children like, because whatever they like they're more than likely to do independently, and make sure that things that they're doing independently, they don't need supervision, as well. So that's the third tip is encourage independent play. And then the last and final tip I want to share with you is to get your kids involved. And when I say this, what I mean is when it comes to their summer routine, allow them to help you plan their summer routine. This could be really, really helpful, especially when your kids are older. You know, if they have some input, then it makes it easier on you. And it starts to teach them responsibility and planning and decision making. Which is really important for them to learn those skills. And so communicating with your child, getting them involved in their summer routine to plan it could be really helpful. So this could be going to them and just communicating that summer will be soon you know that this is what you're going to be doing.

Ashley Brown 14:20
What do you want to do in your summer? What are some activities that you would like to try out? Think about it, let me know, because we're trying to you know, prep for summer. So just giving your children space to help you. It shows them that you care about their input. When our children feel like they have input I feel like it makes the experience so much better, especially when they can have input. So that is a really important principle here as well is to get your kids involved, when they can be involved. You know because we are always making so many decisions for our children. When they get to the age of being able to talk, and to express themselves, and start to gain that independency this is a really beautiful thing to do and to cultivate this spirit of them being involved in the family planning, because that's essentially what it is. So those are my tips. Keep it simple this summer, get creative, encourage independent play, and then get your kids involved in the planning and the preparation for summer so that it goes smoothly, that it is a really beautiful time for you and your family, which I believe is going to be this summer I am claiming that for us that this summer is going to be beautifull and smooth as well. Can I get an amen? So that is it for today.

Ashley Brown 15:57
I hope that you enjoyed this episode. If you did enjoy this episode, I would love to know you're listening by shouting me out on Instagram tag at routineandthings. Let me know that you're listening and let me know which tip resonated the most with you from today. But that's it to just end this episode, I'm going to share with you some routine wisdom. And this is just reiterating the first tip and that is keep it simple this summer. I don't know why I feel like I need to keep saying that. But I feel like I'm getting something in my spirit that says Say it again. Keep it simple this summer, okay, lighten your load. Have fun, enjoy your family. Enjoy your time. It's going to be a good time. So until next time, continue to enjoy wherever you are. Whatever you're doing, stay happy and I will talk to you soon.

[Outro]: Ashley Brown 16:53
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