Oh, summer. Parents typically are itching for the school year to end, and then not long into summer are struggling with the lack of structure or the overwhelming moving pieces and expenses. In Episode 44, Christine and Asha talk about embracing the imperfection of the summer juggle, and share 10 tips related to family preferences, calendar management and routines, boredom, chores, “brain drain,” and guilt.
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Resources mentioned in this episode
- Minimalist Parenting
- Our appearance on NPR’s “Tell Me More” discussing summer overscheduling
- The relaxed parent’s guide to summer vacation (Asha wrote this article for The Week)
- Create a Possibilities calendar for stuff you might like to do this summer
- Motivate struggling readers with joke books, comics and other “junky” reads
- Hyperlocal sites like Boston Mamas (check out regular event features such as the Weekly Blueprint and Weekend Roundup, and special roundups such as 13 free summer festivals and fairs and 25 free summer programs)
- Edit Your Life Episode 26: How To Get Kids To Do Chores
- Tips for finding math moments in everyday
- Tips for raising avid readers
- Edit Your Life Episode 13: interview with Amy Mascott about Raising Rock Star Readers (Guilt-Free!)
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