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6 tips to make the most of summer

Summer is an amazing time with my kids, but it can also be a little daunting to fill all those days. So here are some summer rules we stick by in our house to keep the days full and everyone smiling until September.
Erin Stewart, Deseret News Modified: June 27, 2014 at 4:06 pm •  Published: June 30, 2014
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We are finally, thankfully, in our first few days of summer on the East Coast. Thanks to a bunch of snow days, the school year extended almost to July and we are just now beginning to enjoy lazy summer days.

I was more than ready for summer to start. I’ll be honest, I was pretty much limping towards the finish line at the end of school. My daughter was late every day for the last week. I forgot to pack lunches. And I haven’t signed a homework form since May.

But now summer is here and the start of the next school year seems forever away. Summer is an amazing time with my kids, but it can also be a little daunting to fill all those days. So here are some summer rules we stick by in our house to keep the days full and everyone smiling until September.

  1. Keep a quasi-schedule — The best part about summer is not having a set schedule, but open-ended days with nothing on the calendar can be a mother’s worst nightmare. So, I try to have regular, set dates for things like weekly library visits, swim outings and outdoor hikes/adventures.
  1. Summer bucket list — We always start the summer with our bucket list, which is quite literally a bunch of ideas of fun things to do written on strips of paper and put into a bucket. When boredom hits, we pull out a strip and have to do whatever is on the paper — no matter what.
  1. Brain work — Yes, I am that mother who makes her kids do schoolwork during the summer.

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