So far, my summer has been emotionally harder than I imagined.
Several of my extended family members are struggling, my mom broke her hip again and is back in a rehabilitation center, my husband and I are navigating some pretty rough waters surrounding several projects we’ve undertaken, and nothing ever feels as easy as I wish it would. (Sorry to be so vague, but the particulars are kind of personal. . . .)
I can’t wave a magic wand and make life into a series of “bubbles and rainbows” (as one friend of mine puts it), but I can connect with other moms and streamline the logistics–because in the midst of the challenges of life, I want our family to have an amazing summer.
Below are a series of links and ideas I’ve started collecting for “Summer Must-Haves.” Will you do me a favor and add anything else that you think deliberate mothers would appreciate?
I need our community. Without you, it’s just a whole lot harder.
So thanks for all you do—and for who you are.
Now here we go with our Power of Moms “Summer Must-Haves”:
(1) Our Power of Moms Summer Camp Kit
I had to start with this one. I’m hoping you’ve already got it set up in your home, but if not, now is the perfect time. (Do you know about our Payment Philosophy that enables every mother to access our programs?)
I love the Summer Camp Kit because my children have their own schedule all set up for each day. I can get my computer work done while they do their work, and then we can enjoy the rest of the day together. Saren did an amazing job with this. My husband and I also recorded a podcast about how we’ve adapted the Summer Camp Kit to fit our family.
Visit the Summer Camp Kit Information Page
(2) FUN Stuff
I’m good at writing and organizing and cleaning the house. I am not particularly good at having fun (but I’m working on it).
Last week, I was able to visit with a few of the sisters from the great blog, Six Sisters’ Stuff, and then two of the six sisters, Elyse and Kristen, recorded a podcast with me about our Power of Moms Summer Camp Kit and some great resources that the Six Sisters have on their site.
Click the play button below if you’d like to listen to our 15-minute podcast:
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And here are some links to great resources on the Six Sisters’ Stuff site–plus some extras from our Power of Moms Facebook page:
- Parachute: works great at the beach, the park, or the living room.
- Family passes to a local children’s museum, YMCA, or swim park–plus a knowledge of where the best splash pads are.
- Glow Sticks (those are just great any time of the year)
- And yes, any water play involving inner tubes is now on my list of favorites
(3) Great Technology
Gretel Patch is one of our community members who has a Masters in Educational Technology. She’s put together a whole post about her favorite online resources and iPad apps. It’s wonderful.
Click here to visit Gretel’s Technology Review.
(4) Additional “Musts” Recommended by our Facebook Community
Here are few extra ideas from our Facebook page:
- Shaved Ice Machine (this was actually mine): We keep this right next to the sink and create tons of slushies–with juice, Crystal Light, or dark chocolate almond milk
- Disposable/reusable plastic cups: Write friends’ names on them and keep them on the counter so everyone can get drinks without creating a lot of dishes to wash.
- For the beach: Baby powder (for getting sand off at the end of the day), a mallet (to pound the umbrella into the sand), and a Sharpie marker (to label sand toys).
- Neat Sheet (waterproof blanket with weighted corners): in the trunk of the car for impromptu picnics and sitting on the grass at the park.
Obviously, this is just a start. Now it’s your turn!
QUESTION: Do you have a favorite product, blog post about summertime, or a link to something you think our community would love?
CHALLENGE: Take a brief assessment of how your summer is going so far and think about what tools or resources could make the logistics go more smoothly. (We wish you the best!)
Briana Johnson says
i am loving all of these wonderful ideas! we are sitting down to make our summer list today. the summer camp kit sounds like something we would love!! and we definitely need one of those blankets.
one of our favorite summer traditions is our annual outdoor family game day, equipped with teams, competition, and of course the coveted family trophy. this year was our 7th year doing our games and it is hands down one of the most heavily anticipated events of the year.
i shared our games and some wacky photos over on my blog. enjoy!
Tasha Bradshaw says
We have to simple traditions that make our summer memorable:
MOM ADVENTURES- Each Thursday I forget about my to-do list and errands and focus on the kids by taking them on an adventure. We all look forward to our simple, but exciting adventures!
Summer Stations- A few times a week we will have summer stations, the kids enjoy a bit of down time from our otherwise busy schedule and I am able to accomplish a few things around the house.
Each Friday we do field trip Friday and go somewhere fun around town. We have done museums, go up the canyon, explore a new park (with water, a must in Las Vegas summers), scavenger hints at the mall to name a few.
Along with the things mentioned above, we take a weekly trip to the library. I also check the events schedule for our three nearest libraries…in the summer there are lots of interesting, free activities at the library… Oh and one of my kids (and their friends) favorite features at our house is my husband installed a small zip line in our backyard. All of the kids love using the zip line. We also do lots of barbecues with neighbors and friends where the kids can play together and the adults can visit while supervising. We also take at least weekly outings to places nearby. Oh, and I do at least one formal art lesson with my kids each week. My favorite site for these art lessons is http://www.deepspacesparkle.com.
Kickball Games with our friends at the park once a week. The moms take turns bringing popiscles or watermelon. Sometimes we bring water balloons or eat lunch together afterwards. It is all about the fun!