Summer. You don’t need a calendar to know it’s near. You can smell it in the air, sense it by the extra warmth of the sun’s rays, see it in the dazzling array of flowers in bloom, and spot it by the excited look in your child’s eyes.
But while summer may mean blissful days for your child, it may mean extra work for you with rearranging schedules and organizing extra activities. Yikes. However, with a little preparation, you can ease the transition into this busy season.
Let’s look at four simple ways to do just that.
1) Create weekly schedules
Between texting, e-mails, and phone calls, it’s never been easier to communicate with each other. Yet, sometimes information fails to reach all members of your family. For instance, who’s picking up the kids at daycare today? What time does baseball practice start? What’s the swim schedule for the week?
A removable, adhesive dry erase calendar provides a simple way to keep everyone in your household on the same page. Literally.
Attach your calendar to a door, cupboard, wall, or refrigerator. Record your family’s schedule for the week with a dry or wet erase marker. At the end of the week, simply wipe the calendar clean and start over. Presto. Instant communication.
2) Put a label on it
Kids lose things. Repeatedly. While you can’t prevent this from happening, you can make it easier for your children to recover lost items when you send them to summer camp or day care.
Here’s how. Place bright, removable identification labels on their personal belongings, such as on their lunch boxes and reusable water bottles, and on their backpacks and sports equipment. Stick them on. Peel them off. And increase your chances of your child returning with everything they brought from home.
3) Break out your mommy card
Ever been at a summer school program or day care when another parent asks for your contact info – perhaps to set up a play date or to share a relaxing cappuccino? Or want to create an emergency contact card with your child’s private health information and details such as food allergies to provide to babysitters, teachers, school administrators?
A “mommy card” saves you from scrounging for a pen or fumbling with your smart phone. Think of it as your own business cards. (After all, being a mom is a full-time job.)
It’s a snap to create your mommy card. Just use our high-quality business cards and add your information with Avery Design & Print Online. Feel free to add a touch of whimsy or personality to your card.
4) Use chore cards
Looking for more ways to keep your kids busy during the summer? It just so happens you have a slew of small jobs around the house that need to be done.
Chore cards can be a great way to coax your children into completing those tasks – and give them a sense of accomplishment when they’re finished. So, everybody wins.
Clear adhesive pockets with printable inserts give you the cards and plastic pockets to place them in, all in one package. Use our pre-designed card templates on Avery Design & Print Online – with tasks such as setting the table, doing the dishes, and taking out the trash – or develop your own card. To do so, simply print the chore on the front of the card. Include the child’s name on the back (to assign chores to a specific child if there is more than one child in the household), along with the assignment date and day the chore should be completed. Then place the cards inside the included adhesive plastic pockets on a bulletin board or refrigerator – a spot where everybody will see them.
When a chore is completed, give them a star for the achievement! Summer should be a fun time of year for everyone – including parents. Let Avery simplify your life so you can get the most enjoyment out of this special season.