The thought of your children watching TV or playing video games all day is reality for many families, but it doesn’t have to be for you. Keeping a schedule each day helps keep the days from feeling long as well as keeping your children active and not saying, “I’m bored”.
Write out a daily schedule, starting with breakfast and creating an hourly schedule. From outside play to activities with each other, reading, chores, quiet time and optional media time. Everyone will look forward to the day by looking at the schedule and knowing what to expect.
Here is a sample schedule:
- 8AM: Wake up & breakfast
- 9AM: Outdoor Play (weather permitting)
- 10AM: Activity #1 with Mom/Dad
- 11AM: Quiet time in room
- 12PM: Lunch
- 12:30PM: Clean up
- 1PM: Activity #2 with Mom/Dad (or naptime)
- 2PM: Books
- 3PM: Chore of the Day
- 3:30PM: Get moving game or activity
- 4PM: Optional Media or Playtime
- 5PM: Dinner
Create a monthly calendar for the summer by starting with a wish list of activities and schedule them in. Have each child and parent pick local places they would like to go, activities they would like to try, educational and creative activities, experiments, recipes, etc. Have them research places by using their computer skills and make it a fun activity for everyone.
Check out local free activities, seasonal events, festivals, new parks, swimming pools, etc. Make sure to schedule in some date nights for mom and dad and one on one time with each child.
Go an extra step by adding themes to each day. Examples could be: Motivation Monday, Trip Tuesday, Wacky Wednesday, Teacher Thursday, and
Having structure everyday will help keep your children away from the TV, video games (and smart phones) and excited for the plans you made together as a family!
Check out 5 ways to keep your children active this summer for ideas!