Summer schedule for kids?

I usually have a structured schedule for my 5yr old during the school year but it’s summer now and as a teacher I’m just like let me rest and just being way to lenient but now I starting to rethink that. What kind of schedule do you guys give your kids during the summer

  • Cathy
    Jun 20

    My son is 2.5 and we are much more relaxed. Do what you want to do! They are only young once! Wake up/play/breakfast/tv/go out/lunch/nap/tv/go out/dinner/bath/bed. Usually varies a bit but that’s generally it!

  • Anonymous
    Jun 20

    We just try and get out once a day and incorporate a quiet hour, maybe a movie to lay down and relax for a while (and give mom a break). Sign up for swim lessons, or gymnastics or go to the park or walk the dog, but getting out helps our schedule revolve around that

  • anonymous mom
    Jun 20

    I think that when my daughter gets to that age I’ll try to incorporate several weeks of super relaxed living and also several weeks of some kind of structured play, whether it’s a camp or me coming up with plans. Right now our summers look exactly the same as the rest of the year (with a lot more outside time and some later nights).

  • Anonymous
    Jun 20

    Like the previous comment said, they are indeed young only once. Having a schedule doesn't hurt. But maybe have it for fun things. Make sure you get out of the house at least 4 times a week and do fun things together. Run errands together where you make lists for them and let him/her search the isles. Get pedicures. Have a competition of throwing stones in the water. Do grown up stuff with them that relaxes you too. You need a break too. Soon they'll start summer camps and out of school activities and you both will be too old to just chill.

  • Amy
    Jun 20

    My son is only 21 months, but I signed up for some "Mommy and Me" swim lessons. It pretty much follows the routine I have where instead of us going to the park, we're going to an outdoor pool. Weekends tend to have different events going on. I usually check Facebook locally for anything. With summer, there are some Movies in The Park, little festivals, and so on. Our weekend schedules can vary depending when the event is including staying up later than usual. It all depends on what you feel comfortable with. :)

  • Kris
    Jun 27

    Summer is a great time to do more activities but kids still need adequate sleep and regular nap/bed times. Their little body clocks don’t change just because the sun is up longer and there’s more fun to be had during waking hours.

  • Marta
    Jun 27

    Thank you kris 😁

  • Joelynn Arruza
    Jun 28

    Depends on the day. Been having difficulty with his strong willed ways. I don’t want to bend him to my will I’m just having issues with him following simple safety instructions. (Stop, no hitting, his new thing is everything is (piece of poop) it’s a bit embarrassing. I suppose I just need a brake. I’m a bit overwhelmed I need some me time. My son is so smart and amazing he is a lover. He’s just real stubborn.

  • Elys
    Jun 28

    Joelynn, kids go through this phase of saying things you don’t like, my son used to be stuck on “stupid” now he no longer says it, we got through it by ignoring him when he would say and pretend we didn’t hear him, we would just keep talking normally. Eventually it wasn’t as fun for him any more to use words that would make us upset so he stopped all on his own, but it took some time and a few trials... then his sister started saying it too, we are now over that word but I’m sure there will be more to come. He had a “poop” phase too, I guess it’s a fun word/concept for them. So hang in there, and ignore, it will pass!

  • Jennie
    Jun 28

    I think I have a bit of a different perspective because I homeschool, so my kids are home with me 24/7. I also have 4 (almost 5) kids. We keep our same schedule year-round and it's because I 100% believe, and have seen in 8 years of parenting, that being off our schedule is chaos AND getting back onto it is worse. We do take vacations and then let bedtimes and such slide a bit but it's like a week... and then we have a definite adjustment period. I can't imagine doing that for 3 months and then adjusting while trying to get them out to school, plus a new teacher, classroom etc. That's a lot for them. I also believe that being out of their rhythm encourages bad behavior. I can't say how often I hear moms complaining that their kids are driving them nuts or having bad behavior and they can't wait for school to start again. I think it's because they're tired, hungry and have no idea what to expect for their days. So while I don't think it's necessary to wake them up at 6:15 and rush into getting dressed, doing chores etc.... I'd say that if at school they eat lunch at 12:15, try to eat around then. If they usually have a quiet reading time at 1, try to give them a quiet rest activity at 1. If you want to add in some "Make Something Monday" type schedule or a list of things they have to do before screen time, that's up to you. But addressing their basic needs at the same time each day, will add structure and remove chaos. If they are old enough, having a weekly calendar so they can see "on Thursday we go to the library, etc." then they will know kinda what's coming.

  • Traci Stubbe
    Jun 28

    I've been considering this myself. Even bought some work books that I have yet to use. Lol. My son is 9 so between unlimited screentime access and my laziness something must be done! My plan is to have morning learning time. A chore a day, and reading time before bed. And of course summer fun all in between!