How to keep kids busy this summer

  • Thu Jul 3rd, 2014 12:45pm
  • Life

By Jenny Bardsley

Summer is only a few weeks old and already my kids are fighting like cats and dogs. When I’m not playing referee, I’m driving them to swimming lessons or figuring out what to cook for dinner that won’t heat up the house. Sigh…

Sometimes it feels like the only downtime is when my family is plugged into technology. It’s a really big temptation to turn on cartoons and take a breather. That’s why my husband and I have established screen time guidelines for our family to follow this summer.

Summer Screen Time Rules:

  • Read for 30 minutes
  • Math for 30 minutes
  • Play outside
  • Do a chore for Mom
  • …Then you can power up!

Of course, that doesn’t mean the kids get unlimited screen time afterwards, but it does give them a path towards earning video games. It also gives me a chance to set up a fun activity to do in the afternoon.

Need more ideas for summer fun? Here are some favorites from previous “I Brake for Moms” posts:

Geoboards

Hot Lava Lamps

Local Milk Taste Test

Salmon Taste Test

Hands on Equations

Chihuly Inspired Art

Kids Yoga

Stamp Books

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