Now that summer break is fast approaching it’s time for me to print out my summer rules for kids printable.
Believe me this has saved me so much time over the summer!
First, I do not have to repeat myself 515,823 times for starters.
Second with this printable it helps my kids know exactly what I expect from them.
The older mine get the more they become a vampire hidden in their rooms all day with the blinds closed, watching YouTube and only come out for food once and a while.
If I let them this is what the whole summer would look like.
So, every summer out comes my summer rules printable for them to use as a guide to earning screen time.
There are also a few areas I really enforce when it comes to my summer rules.
Here are 5 summer rules for kids to make the summer a little easier on us parents.
1 – Follow Routines
Just because it is summer I find routines very effective.
For myself and my kids, it just makes everything run smoother.
During the summer I try to keep routines semi the same as the school year. Especially our morning routine. It sets off the day on a good foot.
Each morning is simple get dressed, brush your teeth, make your bed and eat breakfast.
From there we move into some sort of chore for the day.
Related: Successful Summer Routines For Kids
2- Helping Out Around The House
Chores are great for teaching kids responsibility and work ethic.
Having your kids help around the house should not result in a fight but it could if you do not motivate them the right way.
Kids usually love to help around the house but we as parents often make it more complicated.
I have been guilty of this many times.
At one point I found myself yelling, bribing and nagging for them to help out more around the house.
This got me nowhere. and more frustrated.
I realized I stopped teaching. I assumed since my kids were older they knew how to help out more around the house.
When they were little they would help me cook, organize and do laundry but now that they are older they can take on more as long as I am teaching them what to do.
Picking up around your home should be a team effort as a family.
That is important to teach your children.
All hands in here.
The first thing you should do to get your kids helping more is to show them exactly how to do something.
I know, it’s silly but I really did find myself missing this step.
In my mind I just wanted help but forgot to show them how they can help me.
From keeping things fresh switch out their chores often.
I rotate chores each week so each of my children get a turn and learn a life skill.
Related: Free Printable Chore Chart
3 – Reading
Reading is a big part of my summer rules for kids and something I try to keep going all summer long.
A weekly trip to the library helps keep my kids going on this one.
Most libraries offer a summer reading program to help your kids read more.
This usually motivates my kids to keep reading during the summer.
Before they reach for some sort of technology device, I try to make sure they are reading at least 20 minutes a day.
4 – Be Creative
Summer can be a great time to dive into a creative project.
You can build a bird house, paint or do a puzzle. The possibilities are endless.
Before summer starts my kids and I sit down and make a list of creative ideas when they are looking for something to do before they can have their screen time.
Most of the time they can come up with some sort of creative idea on their own but this momma doesn’t play. I’m armed with that list when I hear “I’m bored, can I have my laptop now”.
From there I will show them what they wanted to do on our list.
And off they go to create something fun they added.
5 – Get Active
Staying active is important for everyone’s health.
But, when summer time rolls around and your dealing with the heat it can be a challenge to get outside and get active.
With our summer schedule, I add play outside in the morning hours when it is less hot.
That way I know my kids are burning off energy but it’s not too hot yet.
Luckily, I have one son who will play basketball all day every day if I let him so this is not a challenge for him.
My daughter and middle son on the other hand are not fans of the heat.
So for them, they will find some sort of water activity to do.
They love creating water opstical courses in the back yard and it usually wears them out pretty well!
Summer Rules For Kids:
- Brush your teeth
- Made your bed
- Got dressed
- Eat breakfast
- Done chores
- Read for 20 minutes
- Play outside for 30 minutes
- Be creative for 30 minutes
- Cleaned up an area
- Helped a family member
Try laminating all of the printables I offer. I love my laminator and I use it so often for checklists and various items.
Simply laminate and use a dry erase marker to check things off as you go.
With the little investment it’s so work the the savings in paper and ink.
Kids Summer Packet Includes:
- Summer Rules For Kids Checklist – Prefilled and Blank
- Summer Bucket List with 70 Ideas To Do This Summer
- Daily Summer Schedule For Kids Prefilled and Blank
- Weekly Summer Schedule For Kids
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