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Winter is almost over (yay!), which means one thing: summer is coming. Here are a few easy ways to prepare for the summer months.
Write a Summer Bucket List
This is something you should do with your children. Get around the table as a family and discuss what you want to do over the summer months. Write down all the suggestions that are put forward. Then put the list on the fridge door, and you’ll be constantly reminded of the plans you have to fulfill.
Try to get through everything on the list, it’s no use making it if you’re not going to put in the time and effort to work your way through it. The list will also help you out whenever anyone says they have nothing to do too!
Get the House Prepped for Summer
Your family home needs to be fully prepared for the arrival of summer. With your kids running around the place for a few months, it might be a good idea to put away any valuables and breakables. It’ll be time to turn the heating off and dust down the fans.
You’ll also want to make sure your air conditioner and dehumidifier are in full working order. If they stopped working in the winter, buy whirlpool repair parts and get them fixed as soon as possible. You should also make sure the BBQ is working!
Organize a Getaway
Summer breaks are a must for every family. It not only offers you all a chance to get away, but also lets you bond and spend much-needed time together, away from the stresses of work and school.
It doesn’t have to be an expensive vacation. You could spend a couple of weeks in a 5-star hotel if you want to, but there are so many cheaper options that can be just as much fun. Why not go camping under the stars or explore the country with a road trip?
Think About Renovations
Over the summer and spring months, you might want to think about making renovations to your home and garden for the summer. There are all kinds of things you could do. It could be adding a new conservatory or opening up the kitchen with glass doors, so it stretches out onto the garden patio.
Another idea is to install swimming pool in your backyard if you have the room. What’s better on hot summer’s day than taking a dip in the pool? It might set you back a lot of money, but it’ll be worth it!
Don’t Forget to Find Time Away from the Kids
It can be hard to escape the kids during the summer months. There’s no school to keep them busy and often it falls to you to keep them entertained for a few months. This isn’t a bad thing though; all parents love spending time with their kids. But it is important to find time for yourself too.
Try sending them away to a summer camp for a week, and then you and your partner can spend some time together without them bothering you all the time. Also, encourage them to spend as much time with friends in the neighborhood as possible.
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Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.