The final school bell will ring. Kids will jump for joy. And you, well, you’ll be thinking about survival.

I remember dreading summertime. I turned into full-time fun mom. Planning activities, lugging kids to the pool, making sandwiches and snacks and more snacks and then dinner.

It was exhausting. Mostly because I was totally clueless.

I was struggling to set limits. My kids were manipulating me at every turn. I was a didn’t-have-a-clue-what-to-do parent. And it was summer. There was NO preschool!

I did survive those summers, with the help of prilosec and a few close friends. Now I know

that it could have been so much easier and so much less stressful. And I want to share my hard-won knowledge with you! So read on for some great Summer Survival Tips.

And, if you’d like to dive in a little deeper, join me for my Early Childhood Parenting Crash Course on May 27th. I’ll fill you in on lots of little ways to make your daily life easier with young children.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

Chores. Kids can and should help. Even our little toddlers can wipe, dust and pick up toys. You do not have to shoulder the entire burden of housework. As kids age you can expect them help more and more. Setting the table, feeding the dog, vaccuming, folding the towels. Every little bit helps! Make it fun and engaging for young children.

Quiet Time. Even if your children don’t nap, they need to take some quiet time. Many young children don’t want to be away from Mom & Dad, making quiet time a struggle. It’s your job to set the limit and stick with it. I always recommend that parents use the Uh-Oh technique, the Love and Logic version of ‘time-out’ if children can’t adhere to your quiet time limits.

Get Their Input. Ask kids what activites, chores, outings, craft projects, etc. they would like to do this summer. Get crafty and put togehter a fun posterboard full of ideas. As the ideas become reality have the kids check it off. Kids are much more willing to ‘buy in’ if they came up with the idea in the first place.

Don’t Sweat It. When things really heat up be sure to take a break. Have your spouse take over for a few hours, switch off child care duty with a neighbor or a friend. As parents we can’t take care of others unless we take care of ourselves.

Set yourself up for a terrific Summer! Join me for a workshop or private coaching sessions.

Happy parenting, Wendy