13 Tips for Surviving Summer Break (Survival Guide)
Oh how our kiddos anxiously await the sweet days of summer!
But as much as our kids love the freedom and fun of summer, we can all agree, there comes the day when parents need the summer break to be over…
You love your kids and would do anything for them but hands up if you can use a little help to get you through.
We all eventually need a break from the chaotic days of never-ending questions, fights between siblings, constant need to be entertained, and my goodness let’s not forget the snacks.
Summer Survival Guide for Parents
You can make it through…with your sanity!
The days are long and the years are short. Am I right moms?
So, Scooter’s Coffee sponsored our Summer Survival Guide to help parents enjoy summer just like your kiddos. Here are a few things to help you not just survive, but thrive through these summer days and keep your sanity intact!
We’ve got 13 survival tips for you right here:
Grab a Coffee at Scooter’s Coffee
Coffee gives us super powers, especially when we’re running the kids around…so naturally, it’s our first tip to give you a little pep in your step.
I can swing by Scooter’s with the kids in the car & not have to worry about getting out of my pajamas. This is ideal for a new mom with a sleeping infant in the car. Plus, it doesn’t TASTE like your typical “fast food drive thru” coffee – it’s really good.
Scooter’s Coffee serves not only delicious coffee but also iced drinks, smoothies & other cold beverages – the perfect fit for parents on the go. Every Scooter’s Coffee is designed to make your drinks really fast – and they pride themselves on it…
So, head to Scooter’s Coffee to get a yummy drink and maybe a muffin to carry you through the day. There are tons of locations throughout the Kansas City metro. 18 to be exact!
Plus, each Scooter’s Coffee is locally owned; it’s always great to #shoplocal.
Pro tip: Their Peanut Butter Power is a GREAT post-workout (or post-day at the zoo) treat for busy moms…and it taste’s delicious.
If you don’t have time for their handy drive through…did you know you can shop online?!
Shop Scooter’s online coffee shop
Busy parents don’t always have the time to run to the coffee shop, so Scooter’s created a solution just for you. You can purchase your favorite Scooter’s coffees, whole bean or ground, online and have them shipped right to your house!
Now you can enjoy a delicious cup of Scooter’s signature roasts, flavored coffees and more at home now too…
***free shipping for a limited time.
Call or text a mom friend.
Ok, so maybe you can’t always get together on a whim but I love having a mom friend or two I can send a quick text or call during nap time and vent about my day. She understands the struggle.
Don’t have mommy friends? Find a Mom Club or group of your own! 🙂
Trade Babysitting with Mom Friends
This will help you get out of the house without paying for a baby sitter.
…or maybe you can get dads to watch the kiddos for the night.
Have your kids help with housework.
It is a TON of work for one person to do housework…for 4 people!
My kids are 2 and 7 and they are learning very quickly this summer how to pick up their own rooms, wash windows, sweep, load and unload the dishwasher, and conquering the mountain of laundry.
Yes, they will probably whine and not be happy about it. But, hey,when they whine, I wine! And they will get over it.
…we have tested it on pretty much every pet odor, Kool-aid stain, & everything in between…
Give yourself a few hours after the kids go to bed to take care of yourself. Take a bath, drink a glass of wine, read a book, Netflix and chill with your significant other.
…8:30 and me are BFFs!
My kids NEVER STOP during the day and I will stay up late just to get that me time in.
Get out of the house.
Seriously. Check out these great ways you can get out of the house!
Go Out to Dinner…On the Cheap
Use our Kids Eat Free (or really cheap) guide to find places your kids eat free every night of the week. There are options for weekends (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday), Wednesdays, or when you need to make Monday a little more fun. Enjoy a great meal, out of the house, without breaking the bank.
Plan a Trip
Whether you drive a few hours away or hop on a plane, getting out of town can feel rejuvenating. Many airlines are having sales the next few weeks, so be sure to check online before planning! There are also fun places for weekend or day trips from Kansas City or you can head to St. Louis to get away with the kids.
Plan A Staycation
With or Without the Kiddos
If you can’t afford to take a full out vacation, plan a staycation instead. There are tons of fun things to do in Kansas City… with or without kids. If you’re planning it with kids, check out the Kansas City Staycation with Kids guide.
An even cheaper option is a pool day.
I know it’s hot as the devil’s armpit out there but who doesn’t want to hang out by the water & soak up the sun? Especially with this heat! Just bring lots of water. 🙂
We found small pools, big pools, and swimming pools all over KC. There is a place to cool off for everyone!
See A Movie with Friends
Don’t know which movie to see? Check out our latest movie reviews. B&b
Take a Bubble Bath
Bring the Kids to an Open Gym in KC
This will give the kids some play time & wear them out for a longer nap time. 😉
Hey Dads (…this is for you)
Give your wife a break.
Take the kids somewhere for 4-6 hours or tell her “I’ve got this!” I have been a working mom and stay at home mom. Let me tell you there is NO job more rewarding AND more difficult than being a stay at home parent.
She needs time to rejuvenate so she can continue being the best mom she can be.
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From our family to yours, iFamilyKC