Oh, summer. Parents typically itch for the school year to end, and then — not long into summer — struggle with the lack of structure or the overwhelming logistics and expenses. In Episode 44, Christine and I discuss how to embrace the imperfection of the summer juggle, and we share 10 tips addressing family preferences, calendar management and routines, boredom, chores, “brain drain,” and guilt.
Resources mentioned in this episode
- Minimalist Parenting
- Our appearance on NPR’s “Tell Me More” discussing summer overscheduling
- The relaxed parent’s guide to summer vacation (Asha wrote this article for The Week)
- Create a Possibilities calendar for stuff you might like to do this summer (original post is no longer available, but you’ll find a summary on Lifehacker)
- Motivate struggling readers with joke books, comics and other “junky” reads
- Hyperlocal sites like Boston Mamas (check out regular event features such as the Weekly Blueprint and Weekend Roundup, and special roundups such as 13 free summer festivals and fairs and 25 free summer programs)
- Edit Your Life Episode 26: How To Get Kids To Do Chores
- Tips for finding math moments in everyday
- Tips for raising avid readers
- Edit Your Life Episode 13: interview with Amy Mascott about Raising Rock Star Readers (Guilt-Free!)
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