Whether your kids are school age or not, summer typically brings a big shift to our family routine and to our mindset. Joining me today to talk through strategies to thrive this summer are Laura Hernandez and Courtney Cleveland.
We talk about systems, tips and plans for making the most of the time you have with your kids this summer. Laura even shares an acronym for how to plan with the word ENJOY. That’s right! We can absolutely enjoy the summer and these ladies have some great ideas to get you started.
It doesn’t need to be a family bucket list and it doesn’t need to be a hundred goals. It’s just a simple focused looking at your summer and saying, what do I want it to feel like? What do I want it to look like for our family? And you will reap the benefits of it.
If you’re like me and want to figure out a way to involve your kids in household jobs without the whining and complaining or make a plan for using screen time effectively, we cover it all in this chat. We also talk about summer road tips and ways to stop entitlement behavior when it rears its ugly head.
There is so much life in slowing down and spending time with our kids in the summer. Whether you are on summer number 2 or summer number 14 (like me) with your oldest, I pray that you embrace the time you have and ENJOY your summer!
What we chat about:
- Laura Hernandez, her family with nine children (and one on the way) and how she started you business called Mama Systems
- Courtney Cleveland, her family with three children and her takeaways from implementing systems in her life
- ENJOY the summer with a handy acronym from Laura
- Evaluate last summer– what was stressful? What was life giving? What did your kids enjoy?
- Note things down. Set up your calendar with the needs first and write down your big priorities and dreams from your summer.
- Jot down your kids’ dreams for the summer. Who do they want to have come over? What activities do they want to do?
- Order. Choose and order for your days, your weeks and your summer.
- You. Make a priority to take care of yourself so you can care for your people.
- Delegating household jobs to your kids– how and why it’s important
- Taking time to intentional plan your summer and prioritize blessing others vs just doing fun things and making it all about your kids
- Alarms and ticket systems to help your kids stay on task with various jobs and managing screen time
- Road trip tips from Courtney and her podcast All the Best Days
- Enjoying your summer with your kids and feeling free to take the ideas that work for you that may not be what works for others
Connect with Laura Hernandez:
- Website: https://www.mamasystems.net
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/mamasystems.net
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/mamasystems
Connect with Courtney Cleveland:
- Website: www.allthebestdays.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/courtclarkcleve
Past Summer Help Episodes:
- Mama Systems: www.mamasystems.net
- All the Best Days Podcast
- Walker Goods Duffel Bags
- “Just 18 Summers” **– A novel by Michelle Cox and Rene Gutteridge
- A review post by my friend Amanda White: Just 18 Summers.
- Jess Connolly’s Summer to Thrive
- Master Your Motherhood Summer School Series
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I loved this episode! I loves the friendship between Laura and Heather. That was so sweet to my soul!