Temperatures are rising and schools are out, which can only mean one thing: Summer has officially arrived. While your kids are likely looking forward to three months of glorious free time, as a parent you’re probably wondering what on earth you’re going to do to prepare your home for the lengthy routine-less days of summer. Whether you’re a working parent or have the summers off, take stock of these home preparation ideas that’ll keep the kids busy and safe during the summer.
Stock up on library books and keep them around the house
Keep your kids busy this summer and keep their brains active by encouraging them to read books throughout the summer. Help your kids create a summer reading list based on their unique interests and head to the local library. Not sure what to include on their summer reading list? Find out what’s on the academic reading list for the new school year or find out what’s popular among your child’s age group. You could also explore lists of classic, must-read books suitable for your child’s age.
Buy healthy snacks so they’re not tempted by junk food
More than likely when your children tag along to the grocery store, they’re eager to pick out snacks that are tasty but not filling and most likely not at all nutritious. Make a list of healthy snack choices to leave for your kids – especially if you’re not at home during the day to supervise snack time – and head out to the store exclusively for these snacks. You can include a non-nutritious snack or two. It is summer, after all.
Create a list of chores
Want to encourage your kids to develop a chore routine or help out around the house? Design a chore chart for the kids when they’re home during the summer days. Simple chores for kids can include unloading the dishwasher, wiping off counters, taking out the trash, feeding the pets, and cleaning their rooms. For parents with kids who are addicted to using internet devices, parents can reset the WiFi code in the morning and kids can retrieve the code from you when they finish their chores.
Invest in home security monitoring
If you’re worried about solicitors or strangers stopping by while your kids are at home, it might be a good idea to invest in a security system that includes video monitoring. Popular systems involve a doorbell camera, where you can see and chat with someone at the front door without being at home. This is also an excellent time to teach your children about home safety and what they should or shouldn’t do if someone comes to the door. Although your kids may know what to do, a home security system might give you more peace of mind when you’re unable to be at home.
If you’re away at work during the day, you might be worried about what your kids could be watching when you’re not around. You might also be worried about the types of movies and television shows that air during the day. Ensure you have parental controls set on the cable devices and on other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. This way, you can set controls to disallow them from stumbling upon something not suitable for kids.
Whether you’re working or at home during summer break, this is a great time of year to develop fun routines that also encourage continued learning. With these home preparation ideas, kids can stay safe while enjoying the fun (sometimes routine-less) days of summer break. Does your summer home preparation plan include selling your home and buying a new home? Contact us today to find out how you can move into a brand new home while saving time AND thousands of dollars in the process!