It’s almost that time again….that time of year that a mom could either fear more than ever or welcome with open arms. Depends on your outlook.
As a suburban wife to a hubby who commutes to the city every day, the mom of two rambunctious kids and running a business of my own from home, I have a very busy life. Things can get a bit crazy at times, especially when the school season ends. Suddenly you have to add the title of Entertainment Director to your title. For 10 weeks in a row, the kids wake up and ask that dreaded question ~ “So what are we doing today mom?” Most of time I can answer that question with a quick, enthusiastic response. But some days, I’m at a loss, fresh out of ideas. And nothing is worse than 2 bored kids (and one exhausted mama) suffering from cabin fever.
So to avoid the problem of sometimes not knowing what to do on what days, I bought the Organize by Week Slab. With seven columns per page, one for each day, it allows me to quickly, easily schedule a week’s worth of summer activities in minutes. My goal this summer is to fill each slot with something that will keep the kids brains and bodies occupied, as well as save my sanity.
Living in a big city, I have the advantage of so many opportunities right in my back yard, and, surprisingly, most are free. For example:
*Free admission days at most museums, art institutes and aquariums downtown.
*The public library, offering an endless summer of reading and age-appropriate activities every day of the week.
*Man-made beaches. Sure, it’s not quite the same as being on a real beach on either coast, but a few miles of sand and some welcoming water can be a break from the norm. The kids can swim and play for hours, and, you have the excitement of the city within walking distance.
*Most movie theaters offer discounted shows before 6PM. So if it’s dangerously hot outside, nothing is better than slipping into a cool, dark theater for 2 hours to escape reality.
*The nearest park can provide hours of fun for the kids, and some alone time for mom. As they run around completely exhausting themselves, I can be taking advantage of the citywide free Wi-Fi and catch up on emails, facebook or write a great blog (like I’m doing right now.)
The possibilities are endless, it’s just the matter of time management and proper planning. Any personalized notepad makes it all easy. So what are you waiting for? Summer is calling, so fill ‘er up!