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A couple of weeks ago I looked at my husband and asked, how I should go about surviving summer break. My son has been in preschool the past six months and having those mornings off has been downright glorious. I’ve been able to get work done, run errands (without a screaming kid), and pick up the house without the toys I just put away being taken out again.
Summers can be stressful and hectic for moms who are used to having kids in school for a good part of the day. Use this mom’s guide to surviving summer break to do just that, survive summer break with daily indulgences, a little time management, and plenty of chocolate.
Mom’s Guide to Surviving Summer Break
Create a summer schedule
I’m not talking about for the kids, I’m talking about for you. Figure out what your kids’ summer schedule looks like, then adjust your own schedule so you have some alone time. My son tends to sleep in later during the summer, so I get up a little earlier to have an hour or two of uninterrupted work time before he wakes up. Try to find that little bit of time each day to have a little peace and quiet, even if it’s at 6AM or 11PM.
Bring something just for you on outings
When you’re packing up snacks, extra clothes, and supplies for your kids, pack in some things just for you. I’m doing Weight Watchers again so I’m sticking to non-food indulgences like the new Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration™ Weightless Sunscreen that I picked up at Walmart with my son’s snacks.
He gets the standard no-tears sunscreen and me? I get to indulge in the feel of weightless (aka not greasy or oily at all!) sunscreen that smells like Hawaii. It seriously makes me want a pina colada every time I put it on. It’s full of hydrating silk ribbons and honestly feels just like I’m putting on a moisturizer rather than sunscreen. You can barely feel it, definitely not like traditional sunscreen.
Do something you wouldn’t normally do like order a milkshake or a mocktail with lunch. Buy that too expensive pair of sandals. Splurge on a deluxe pedicure instead of the regular one. Eat the entire gallon of ice cream while watching Gilmore Girls for the fifth time.
Do something with the girls
Sometimes during the summer, plan a girl’s weekend away. I actually have three this summer, one that I just went on to Kansas City, a few days in NYC, and then another trip to Florida in August. And let me tell you, looking forward to them is what keeps me going day after day.
here’s something to having an event to look forward to, especially an event here you get a break from your kids. Pack the fun clothes you don’t wear on a regular basis and your
Hawaiian Tropic® sunscreen, plan a night that you stay out late, and give yourself a break from the kids.
If you can afford it, hire a babysitter once a week so that you can run errands without the kids. Or find a summer camp for a week or two during the summer so the kids can go play with other kid while you take a bubble bath and eat bon bons. Or clean the house, your choice. One of the best thing I did this summer was to find someone else with kids to watch K for two mornings a week. Seriously life-changing.
And if you can’t afford to hire help, enlist help from people you don’t have to pay. Setup a play date swap with a friend where you take her kid(s) one day and she takes yours the next. It’s a free break and your kids get to play with someone besides you. Or if you have family nearby, take your mother-in-law up on the offer to watch the kids more often.
Stock up on your favorites
Figure out what your favorite things are, whether it’s rocky road ice cream or dark chocolate. Or romantic comedies on Netflix. Then stock up on it so when one of those incredibly long days happens, you can treat yourself once the kids are finally in bed.
Summers are tough. Reward yourself for surviving on a regular basis with things like doing your nails, buying your favorite cosmetic, pretending you’re in the tropics with Hawaiian Tropic® Silk Hydration™ Weightless Sunscreen.
Or take one night off a week if it’s an option and have your partner help out. Go see a chick flick, get a massage, or go to the gym without kids. Just make sure it’s something you want to do, not something you feel like you need to do.
Read a book
There is nothing better for escaping a crazy day than reading a great book. Books are my absolute favorite way to forget about everything that’s going on in real life and join a fantasy life. Pick a book from my reading list and enter another world where kids aren’t saying I’m bored and I’m hungry all day long.
Give yourself a break
I’ve already mentioned giving yourself some time alone, this one is more of a mental thing. Summers are crazy and you’re likely to do something you regret at least once. Give yourself a break instead of tearing yourself down after you screamed at the kids for spilling cereal all over the floor. And give yourself a break when you turned on yet another movie instead of taking kids to the pool.
There are so many posts and articles out there about not judging other moms for their actions, so don’t judge yourself either. Give yourself a break instead and see if that helps you survive the long summer break.