It’s that time of year again…SUMMER!

With school letting out in a week and my husband leaving for training for the WHOLE summer I knew I had to have a plan. My four kiddos (13, 11, 8 and 6) are normally pretty good about asking to go to the pool, play video games and watch TV; you name it they ask before I am even out of bed. I refuse to leave the house (go to the pool) then come home to a cluttered house. I don’t know about you but clutter really makes my head freak out. My anxiety flies through the roof, which is already on edge because my kids are very active and it’s almost hard to keep up with them when both parents are around, let alone just me.

We normally keep a pretty good routine since our after school activities don’t change over the summer and they wake up only about an hour later then they do for school. The part that changes is keeping them entertained all day and limiting screen time. This year I decided to take back summer before I get too overwhelmed by making the kids all check lists. The idea is to limit frustration since they will already know what they have to complete before they ask to do something and I won’t have to say no or ask over and over if they did it. WIN, WIN. Today they decided to call them summer Check Lists. I know so original BUT…


They are pumped! I am pumped! Fingers crossed! IT’S GOING TO BE A GREAT SUMMER!!

The Summer Check Lists are not to replace their normal chore list. These will complement them. Each child has their assigned booklet. Since I laminated them they can check them off with a dry or wet erase marker, so we can use them over and over.

There are 5 Summer Check lists per child:

  • Do before you ask…

  • Want to go to the pool?

  • Today you can…

  • Did You?

  • After dinner


    What I used to make our Summer Check Lists

How I made our Summer Check Lists:

  1. Decided what I wanted each list to be

  2. Typed them up

  3. I cut and glued them onto colored paper

  4. I laminated them (now we can use them over with dry erase marker.)

  5. Hole punched them

  6. Used a book ring to hold them all together

If you would like a copy of our summer check lists please comment below with your email. I am more than willing to share! How will you take back summer?

One thought on “It’s that time of year again…SUMMER!

  1. I like this…I am looking forward to Aubree being able to read so I can implement these tasks upon her hehehe…I miss you Janelle!


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