Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Workin' It Wednesday: Entertaining the Kids

Hi! Are you happy to see Wednesday already or sad that the week is speeding by? Thank you so much for your comments on yesterday's post. I enjoy doing these link-ups because I think they help bloggers find their "crowd," and I am happy to know that I'm not alone when it comes to my struggles.

One struggle I didn't discuss yesterday was being a stay at home mom for the summer! I know a lot of you wrote about your working mom guilt, but sometimes I think it's a better situation for my kids when I work. We all need our space in our house and time to miss each other! So when I am home with the kids, I need to have some ideas at the ready to keep everyone entertained.


On Friday, I shared how we are bringing the 90s back in our house. Check out that post HERE!


Our library has a reading program, so my kids have been doing daily reading and logging it on their online account to earn points and prizes. I recently wrote about some of our favorite family books in THIS post.


We are fortunate to have a pool in our backyard and in our neighborhood, so we try to take a dip at least once a day when the weather allows. If you don't have easy access to a pool, check out Erin's post about water fun HERE.


I have a couple of boxes and bags of art supplies including beads, paint, and canvases that I let the kids have at throughout the summer. Watch your local craft store for deals to stock up! We have some fun blank puzzles to create, and Trip is wanting to work on paintings for a gallery wall in his room. Because he is such an artist, I've been thinking of introducing him to some famous artists and styles and then having him work to create his own pieces in those styles. I think he'll love pop art!


I try to let Trip invite a friend over at least one day each week. (Ari will get to do the same once she has more neighborhood/school buddies, I promise!) Kids definitely need a change of pace from hanging out with mom and sibling(s). It's free, and you can also be sneaky and use the incentive as behavior management!


Usually I send Trip to a camp or two that he chooses each summer. This year, I gave him the option to either go to camps or use the money that we'd spend on camps to go to the movies, museums, and pottery painting place. Can you guess what he chose?


Speaking of movies, we have an extensive movie collection at home. We like to watch a movie each afternoon, but the kids often argue about what to watch. Last year, I wrote out every kid movie and then numbered them. Each day, one kid would get to pick a number and that was the movie we watched, no arguments. The next day, the other kid got to choose a number. They've gotten a bit better this year, so now, we use a website that lets you spin for a random letter. Then we go through our library of movies that start with that letter, and we choose something to watch. FYI, if you don't have a Roku, you should totally get one to organize your movies and shows!


Finally, I wanted to show you our weekday schedule in the summer. Some of you probably think I'm absolutely nuts and am not laid back enough. You're absolutely right! However, having a schedule and routine works for my family, and we do go off of it as needed. I find that this keeps us from sitting in front of a screen all day and helps to keep the house clean, too!


What are your favorite things to do with your kids? Tell me about it in the comments below!

Don't forget to link up with us tomorrow for the June Ladies Who Link party! We want to hear all about your summer plans, favorite summer recipes/activities, etc.! See you soon!


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16 comments:

  1. I always let the kids have friends over once week too. We would always have an adventure as we called it once a week. We'd go somewhere fun or where we haven't been before, even if it was a new park. Just love summer!!

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    1. So you could maybe classify this as an adventure - we went to Target yesterday and picked up a bag of those caramel M&Ms to try out and they were AMAZING! Trip's getting ready to have a buddy over this afternoon!

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  2. I LOVE your schedule- would never give you trouble about that because I love structure, schedules...oh and lists! I so can appreciate this :)

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    1. I think kids and tweens thrive off of structure and routine- it works in my classroom and at home!

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  3. I have a daily schedule for our days too! It is a routine we just naturally fell into a couple of years ago but it has stuck and my kids love it. We thrive off of routine. Isn't that SO true about working. By the middle of August we are ALL ready to be back to school. Haha! Having friends over is such a sanity saver. Lucky a lot of the kiddos best friends are neighbors so that helps. You can find them all riding bikes in the evenings or in someone's back yard. It is so nice. Have a wonderful day!

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    1. I think people think I'm a bad person because when I went back to work after each maternity leave, people would ask if I was doing okay being separated, and I'd say, "I'm so excited to be around adults and kids who can go to the bathroom by themselves!" I need a task if I'm going to be home or else I'm going to watch too much tv or buy too much at Target!

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  4. Would you believe me if I said I miss having younger kids in the summer? I especially miss those pool days and even library days. I think your schedule is awesome and everyone knows what to expect.

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    1. I can have the kids on the next plane to Cali, just let me know! :)

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  5. Ooooh that schedule makes me so happy! I just love being organized like that! And I love the idea about numbering all of your movies and letting the kids draw a number... we may have to start doing that soon bc Jacob and Olivia are already fighting over what to watch!

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    1. Yes, for sure implement that system ASAP! It's a life-saver and if one kid doesn't want to watch it, they can go play in their room instead!

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  6. You'd think as organized as I love to be, that we'd have a summer schedule but we don't. You go mama!! And that's a great idea for the movies ... my two fight every night when picking one!!

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    1. Thanks, Whitney! Yes, it has been a sanity saver, and if anyone protests the movie, then they get to go sleep in their own room instead of having the campout. Mine usually shape up real fast when that option is offered!

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  7. I love having a routine!! I didn't think we would stick to a schedule then I would be bothered but I think we might have to do something like that this summer...thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hope it helps- you can always go off of it and move things around. Trial and error!

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  8. Having a routine and lists is underrated. I think it is perfect to have structure and a plan for the day. Keeps me from going bonkers.

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    1. Totally agree! I try to spread my errands out too so that we can use those as some of our times out of the house instead of doing like 4 errands in a day.

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