June is a busy month. At times it might feel like you’ll never survive the end of the school year. School is coming to a close and it’s easy for families to begin to slip out of their routines and into summer mode too early. Below is some helpful advice for how to keep it all on track and end the school year strong.
Don’t Hit the Brakes Just Yet
Spring is in the air and summer is just around the corner. It’s easy for kids to mentally fast forward to summer holidays before they actually arrive. The danger in this of course is that the school year is still in full swing and there are still many concepts to be covered in the curriculum. It is important that as parents you continue to reinforce the importance of staying focused on high achievement in school even when the weather outside is calling their name.
Stick to Routine
With the days getting longer and longer, it’s easy to slide into later and later bedtimes. Kids often want to optimize their daylight hours as much as possible and simply can’t understand why they have to go to bed when the sun is still out. Invest in some blackout blinds and resist the urge to push back bedtimes. Kids still need their rest while they continue to wake up early for school. The last thing you need in June is a meltdown caused by exhaustion.
There are many Spring activities such as t-ball, soccer, dance and piano recitals…not to mention birthday parties and backyard BBQs galore. It’s impossible to fit it all in. Sit down as a family and begin to prioritize. What activities are most important to each family member? Is it really necessary to accept every invitation that comes your way or is it starting to feel more like an obligation than something you are looking forward to? Take a step back and re-evaluate before everyone burns out.
Call in the Troops for Support
With the many June activities it can be really helpful to wrangle a few friends together and divide and conquer. Do you know other parents on your son’s or daughter’s soccer team? See if you can take turns carpooling the kids to the games. Maybe grandpa and grandma would enjoy attending a dance class or two. With two or three kids in June activities it can be overwhelming for most parents. Don’t feel guilty for asking for help.
How do you plan to get through June? Leave a comment below!
XO The Good Enuf Mommy