Although summer feels long (especially on those days when you’re just trying to get work done and everyone’s bugging you), it always files by! Before we know it, it’s time for back-to-school activities, new routines, earlier bedtimes, and school shopping. Although these tasks can feel a mix of both exhausting and exciting, there’s a lot to be said about involving your children in the process. Not only does this encourage responsibility, but it can help with their transition, too.
From cleaning to last-minute family trips, here are a few back-to-school activities your family needs to check off the list before the end of August.
1. Start With Room Cleaning
Every parent knows that you have to start with the worst thing on the list, right?! Start with room cleaning (and engage them in the process, too. This will help you get a sense of what they have and what they need. It will also allow you to see if any items need to be replaced or repaired. Cleaning out their bedrooms will give you the opportunity to get rid of anything they no longer need, use, or want. This will help to make your home feel more organized and less cluttered. And, they’ll have ownership of the cleaning process, too.
2. Plan A Few Day Trips
There’s no need to spend a fortune on entertainment when there are so many great things to do for cheap, or even for free! Get out and explore your local area or go somewhere new for the day. Visit a nearby city, hike in the woods, go to the beach, or check out a museum.
Just getting out of the house and spending time together will be a great bonding experience for you and your kids. If you decide to spend a little money on activities, look for group discounts or coupons. For example, many amusement parks offer deals if you buy tickets in advance or visit during the week instead of on the weekends.
3. Schedule All The Necessary Appointments
The summer holidays are the perfect time to schedule all those appointments you’ve been meaning to make but never had the time for. This includes things like haircuts, dentist appointments, and doctor check-ups. Not only will this ensure that your kids are well taken care of, but it will also give you peace of mind knowing that everyone is up-to-date on their care.
Scheduling these appointments can be a bit of a hassle, but it’s worth it in the long run. You will also feel better knowing your child is starting the new school year with a clean bill of health!
4. Check Off One Final ‘Bucket List’ Item
What’s one thing you were hoping to do but just haven’t added it to your schedule yet? Whether that’s as big as a family vacation or as little as a day painting pottery, add that last item to your list of summer to-dos.
Keep in mind that finding time to schedule a vacation can be tough once school starts back up again. So, if your family enjoys traveling and has a little flexibility in the budget, take a weekend and camp at a nearby state park, visit a historic site, or take a road trip to the beach. Or, opt for something smaller like a family craft day, go carting, picnic, outdoor movie night, or even something as simple as a family barbeque.
5. Start School Shopping
One of the best back-to-school activities is, of course, school supply shopping. The earlier you start, the easier it is to avoid the crowds and get the best deals. School supplies can be expensive, so it’s important to start early and shop around. Compare prices at different stores and look for sales. You can also check online retailers or purchase bulk supplies to save money.
These are just a few ideas to help you make the most of your summer break. With a little planning and creativity, you can have a great time without spending much money. Just remember to relax and enjoy your time with your kids! They’ll be back in school before you know it.