summertime

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Registered: 04-12-2004
summertime
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Mon, 05-03-2010 - 1:52pm
For the SAH moms, what do you "do" with your kids all summer, assuming they do not go to any camps?

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Registered: 04-16-2010
In reply to: tmammn
Mon, 05-03-2010 - 2:11pm

I don't know how busy you routinely are, but here are some ideas.


I go to the gym regularly, leaving the kids in the childcare area for a couple of hours is similar to spending time at preschool.

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Registered: 01-08-2009
In reply to: tmammn
Mon, 05-03-2010 - 9:49pm

I'm not a SAHM but I am a teacher who had summers with her kids when they were small. I took advantage of all the free stuff I could -- library story hours, museum visits, going to the park, the pool, the skating rink, things like that. I liked the days to have a predicable "shape," that is we would usually do household things early in the morning, a couple of times a week have something in the mornings, like library story hour, go eat lunch in the park or something, then come home for some down time. I think most three year olds and a lot of five year olds do benefit from a rest time in the afternoon.

I don't know if you are Christian or not, but I found my kids at four and five usually enjoyed taking advantage of the Vacation Bible Schools that are offered all summer long in the churches in our community. We usually did two of them each summer.

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Registered: 04-16-2010
In reply to: tmammn
Mon, 05-03-2010 - 10:36pm

How could I forget the library, lol?

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Registered: 04-22-2005
In reply to: tmammn
Mon, 05-03-2010 - 10:55pm

Breakfast
Mornings (when it's cooler): park, backyard, zoo, stroller/bike ride, sidewalk chalk, anything outdoors
Lunch
Quiet time/nap
Afternoons (when it's hot): library, errands, aquarium, childrens museum, indoor playplaces
Dinner
Bath/brush/books/bed

Check your newspaper for any upcoming local events that might be interesting to their age group.















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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: tmammn
Mon, 05-03-2010 - 11:53pm
Do you have a pool nearby? My kids did swim lessons beginning at age 3 every morning in the summer at the rec center pool. It was cheap and a great way to meet other parents with kids that age (or just read the paper in peace while the kids have their lesson ;)). Ditto to the other suggestions about outings to the park, museums (family memberships are the way to go), farmers' market, story time at the library/book store, get-togethers at friends' houses, etc. I'd look in your local paper for ideas, too.
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Registered: 02-24-2009
In reply to: tmammn
Tue, 05-04-2010 - 2:10am
I feel for you, a few suggestions. I used to set a schedule for myself, because otherwise it was too easy to get sucked into not doing anything (which would be fine for me, but not for the kid). Usually, I would spend as much time outside as possible, often going to the playground both AM and PM. Then a trip to the library at some point and the various meals etc. Add in an hour of PBS somewhere and make them play in their rooms for some of the time and you can usually get rid of most of the day.

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Registered: 01-15-2006
In reply to: tmammn
Tue, 05-04-2010 - 6:01am

when my DDs were 3 and 5, summers weren't too different than what we did on days they weren't in ( p/t ) preschool.

 

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Registered: 01-15-2006
In reply to: tmammn
Tue, 05-04-2010 - 6:08am

i ddi not sign my kids up for VBS until after they started school, the end of kinder or 1st grade.

 

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Registered: 01-15-2006
In reply to: tmammn
Tue, 05-04-2010 - 6:13am
the newspaper is a great resource, i agree.

 

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Registered: 12-07-2003
In reply to: tmammn
Tue, 05-04-2010 - 9:08am
DH isn't a SAH dad, but he is going to be home with the kids all this summer. I think his plan is to go to the nearby park and let them play as much as possible.

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