I love the freedom and fun that comes with summer, but let’s be honest for a minute: all that freedom comes with its fair share of challenges! Between running kids back and forth to their friends’ houses, trying to plan plenty of fun summer activities and trying to tackle chores with a chorus of “Mom? Mom? Mom?” in the background, it’s definitely a chaotic time! Don’t fret, we partnered with Church & Dwight to come up with a few great tips to help you manage summer chaos and still enjoy the sunshine as much as possible!
Tips for Managing Summer Chaos with Kids
Encourage your children to get off their phones and get outside!
Kids are so much more connected to screens than we were as children. While technology has some amazing benefits for children, too much isn’t a good thing. Choose a time each day and declare it “screen-free” time. During that time, send your kids outdoors to burn off some excess energy. You might want to do this early in the morning or later in the afternoon if it’s incredibly hot where you live.
While the kids are outside playing, use this time to get to that huge pile of dishes or laundry that has been piling up. To clean all those dirty clothes and remove the grass stains your kids drag in, why not use Arm & Hammer™ Plus OxiClean™ Cold Water Power Paks, an inexpensive and reliable product that will leave your kids clothes looking as good as new.
With all the running around we do during the summer, we often end up eating quick on-the-go meals. Rather than hitting a drive-thru every day, spend a few minutes each week planning out a few super-fast and healthy meals. That way, you’re not wasting precious time trying to figure out what to have for dinner or precious money (and calories) at the drive-thru window. Make sure your kids are getting all their essential nutrients by giving them L’il Critters™ Gummy Vites™, a complete multivitamin that any kid will love.
Keep a routine!
I admit it, during the summer I stay up later and sleep in a bit. I still make sure I have a routine, though! I turn my alarm clock on every night before I go to bed, even if it is for an hour or two later than during the school year. A routine helps me make sure that we all have a more productive day.
While you’re at it, get your kids more excited about boring tasks, like brushing their teeth, by making their tools fun! Arm & Hammer Kid’s Spinbrush and Orajel Flouride and Flouride-Free Toothpastes that tastes great and comes in popular Kids characters such as My Little Pony, Mario, Spiderman and new PAW Patrol to get them brushing all summer long because mom knows when brushing is fun, it gets done.
Get the kids to help with some chores!
Having an extra set of hands around the house during the summer can be helpful. Talk with your kids and see what type of chores they can help with – emptying the dishwasher and setting the table are easy tasks that can give you back a few minutes of your day. Having kids fold the laundry is also a great help, and you can trust what they are folding will receive a better overall clean with OxiClean™ Versatile Stain Remover Powder – which boosts your detergent power to get out even the toughest stains.
Leave time for spontaneous fun!
Make sure you leave a little wiggle room in your routine for some spontaneous fun! Summer is all about freedom, remember? I know, it sounds funny to say “plan to be spontaneous,” but leave a few hours in your weekly schedule open. When that time comes, ask your kids what they’d like to do. See a new family movie, head to the pool or just run around together in your backyard with water balloons. It’s refreshing to be spontaneous!
What are your biggest tips for managing summer chaos? Tell us in the comments!
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