Love a little humor in my day and this one is so great for Dad’s day coming up!
The beach is one of the top go to destinations for many families during the summer months. Now is the time of year that we pull out all the beach gear. But what do we really need to take with us?
We all know the standard list of things we should take:
- Sunscreen Lotion, preferably SPF 15
- Lip balm
- An extra set of clothing for the family including shoes
- Wash cloths in plastic bags or wipes in containers
- Beach blankets
- Frisbee and beach ball for the kids
- Brimmed hats for everyone
- A radio, if desired
- Plastic bags (don’t forget to save one for the kids to store their collected sea shells.)
- Cell phone
- First Aid Kit
- Life jackets and flotation devices
Stop Playing The Juggling Act Down to The Beach
I know I personally can’t stand trying to carry everything in different bulky shapes and sizes down to the beach. This multifunctional cart makes transporting the big items such as the beach chairs to the beach with ease. Plus it also contains a 48 qt cooler to store your lunch and drinks in it. The sturdy wheels make it easy to push on the thick sandy beach.
I can’t stand trying to walk down to the beach with my arms full of stuff and trying to keep up with three kids at the same time. So, I recommend getting an easy to carry beach bag that carries a bunch of stuff in it. The neat thing about this bag is you will not have to worry about bringing home a bunch of sand too.
If you have kids, or are a big kid yourself, no beach trip is complete without the proper sand castle building tools . This kit has the shovels, watering can, and even some sand molds. The buckets make it easy to carry all of the tools to the beach too.
Lounge in Stylish Comfort
For some people sitting on a beach towel on the beach is not a very comfortable thing to do. The Rio Beach Portable Sun Shelter and the Rio Brands Chairs are stylish and comfortable. It also makes for the perfect get away for the kids to get some shade and still enjoy the sandy beach (or for little ones to get a nap.)
Make Fun In The Sun Memories
The beach is the perfect place to get in some volleyball action. There are so many people who love to jump into volleyball games on the beach. It’s actually one of the most popular things to do on a beach. So, get a net and a volleyball loaded up this summer.
You should also come prepared to find treasures on the beach with these metal detectors. You may walk away with some hard earned cash or some awesome piece of history. People drop change all the time on the beach. I’m confident you’ll find loads of soda cans as well.
Finally, the last thing you should always remember to take is a disposable waterproof camera to take pictures of the beautiful sunset (and of course, all the memories from the day) before you leave the beach for the day.
What are some of the essential items you take with you to the beach?
There are many reasons why kids and adults alike can’t wait for summer time to arrive. The kids want a break from school! However, this is prime time to work on shoring up important skills – like reading.
Here are a few fun reading projects to tackle.
The New State Question Game
This game covers many different aspects of education for children. It covers reading, reading comprehension, and even history. The rules are pretty simple to follow.
- When a family travels and crosses into a new state, stop at the first visiting center. These centers are filled with brochures about the state, give one to each child.
- They also have a huge map of the state with those little “you are here” stickers on them so you might want to make a stop there and challenge kids to find certain locations for fun.
- Back in the car, have each child study their brochure for a period of time. When the time is up, parents can collect the brochure or let the kids keep them for reference. Then it’s time for questions!
It isn’t a test, it’s supposed to be fun. Throw in questions about the state’s history, capital, birds, and other bits of detail concerning the state. You might surprised at what your kids picked up on.
If it’s a round trip, when the family is on the way home the parents can ask the same set of questions to see what the children retained from their trip.
You Might Find Something Fun To Explore
If you’re willing to follow your children’s curiosity, these visiting centers point to nook and cranny places that are worth visiting. These places offer additional educational experiences for all involved. They also offer up the chance to create memories that were unexpected. Not to mention, it makes a great conversation piece for kid’s future essays that they will have to write about their summer vacations.
Turn To Tech On Scalding Hot Days
Summer heatwaves are made more survivable by our tech gadgets.
If you have a smart phone or tablet, there’s a slew of educational apps for all subjects and all age groups on both Apple and Android systems available for free.
If you don’t have a handheld gadget to work with, there are also several programs available to use on the computer.
Fun Online Reading Resources
- ReadingEggs.com – This program helps kids from ages 3-13 years old. The kids earn eggs as they progress on levels at their own pace. Theses one-on-one lessons are designed based off the child’s particular needs.
- Headsprout.com – This is a site designed for K-1 graders.This is an intensive online lesson plan for young kids to follow along with to learn how to read. The first level offers 40 individual lessons for the child to progress through. They guarantee that when your child is done with those lessons that they will be able to read up to a first grade reading level with this program.
- ABCMouse.com – This is a perfect website for PreK-K students. It is filled with all the resources to teach them standard curriculum. The best part is the child BEGS to be able to do it. A parent can give the child freedom to explore this site, and they will learn something new or have fun refreshing up on skills they have already learned.
- ReadingHorizons.com – This is a site for people age 4-adult. They offer different bundles filled with resources both online and offline to help a person conquer reading.
Enjoy Your Local Library This Summer
If you’re local library has air conditioning, it will become a favorite hideout for your family.
Many libraries offer a reading program that includes challenges and host educational events throughout the summer months. Warning: A parent may end up reading to their child quite a bit MORE during these challenges. It’s so worth it though!!
Do you have some favorite ways to encourage more summer reading time?
Looking for some new recipes? or for a laugh at the end of the day? There are so many Podcasts now available for Moms that can really help you relax and unwind. There is something for everyone!
Why Do Moms Love Podcasts?
As a Mom we are constantly looking for new ways of doing things with our kids or tips to get through an important milestone in their life. I used to go to books to find out everything that I needed to know, but isn’t it great that we can just turn up the volume and go about our day while getting that information over our computers or phones and most of them are Free. It is a little more personalized too. You can find a Podcast on almost any topic that you are looking for in the world of Parenting and even when you need a good laugh or two there are Podcasts just for that too!
Informational Podcasts for Mom
Tsh from the blog, Simple Mom, teaches and shows other moms and parents how to stay organized and live simply through her Simple Mom Podcast. She talks with other Moms and discusses the best ways to get organized, plan parties and so much more that being a mom entails.
The Mom Podcast, started in 2010, hosted by Nancy an award winning author, Shelley a Southern Mom of twins and Stacy a Mom of Nine. They each definitely have a unique perspective on parenting and they discuss a whole range of parenting topics bringing in experts at times.
Hosted by Cheryl, a mother of eight, The Mighty Mommy Podcast is a little different in that the podcast is done in only five minutes, but if you are a mom sometimes that is all you have time for! However, that five minutes is chock full of information on many different parenting topics, that you will learn so much even in that small amount of time.
The Power of Moms Podcast really empowers you as a Mom, giving you relateable advice and giving you the confidence you need to get through even the more challenging parenting moments. April hosts this podcast with a variety of different guest hosts.
Entertaining and Humorous
Heather and Kate can make any parenting topic entertainment worthy. Naptime Radio will help you kick back and relax and as a Mom you are going to definitely relate to their informational but entertaining broadcasts. You feel like your sitting around with your friends drinking coffee and talking about important topics that all of you are going through everyday.
Hosted by Cristen and Caroline and part of the How Stuff Works Network, The Stuff Mom Never Told You Podcast explores topics that we have all wondered about but never thought to ask about with a humorous twist. Have you ever wondered who started Pinterest? or about hormones and the “friendzone”. This podcast explores so many interesting topics that moms will definitely enjoy learning about.
Manic Mommies began in 2005 and is hosted by Kristin and Erin, two working Moms. They have celebrity guest interviews and expert guests, as well, including a pediatrician and a parenting expert. Even though the podcast focuses on two working Moms it can definitely be appreciated by all Moms, because that discuss topics that most moms will relate to.
Cooking and Crafts
Janice and Liz are Dietitians, Moms, and cookbook authors. They get how it is to make sure everyone is happy at the dinner table and how there is just not enough time in the day. Cooking with the Moms shares recipes and simple cooking tips that are sure to get your inner cook to come out and serve up some healthful, wonderful family meals.
Have fun cooking with your kids! In the Two Kids Cooking Podcast, Sophia, Alex and their Mom share their cooking experiences with you. This podcast is a little different in that most come with a video too. Cooking is a great way to spend time with your children and this podcast shares great and healthful recipes that are fun to make with your kids.
Melista is teacher that has a background in Early Childhood Play. Raising Playful Tots focuses on using play to educate our kids. In her podcast, Melitsa and her guest hosts, share creative ideas and activities to do with your children and you also get a great background and insight into educating kids.
Parenting Information in the Digital Age
Can you believe how amazing it is that you can just listen to a Podcast and learn everything there is to know about any topic imaginable. It is unbelievable how much technology has impacted even the parenting realm. I love that I can listen at any time that I want, even if I am in the thick of changing a diaper and cleaning the kitchen. Remember you do not need an Apple device to listen to Podcasts. Most have a website that you can visit to find out a different way to listen. They are just like a radio show that you can listen to whenever you get the chance!
Gone are the long, hot summer days filled with sleeping in late and enjoying late nights just being a family without worries of schedules and alarm clocks. Now its school time, but getting ready for the school year and getting used to it is not any easy thing and it means an adjustment for the entire family.
Schedules, Schedules, Schedules
As a Mom how can we help our family adjust to these new schedules? Some things that I have been implementing in my house are:
- Staying Organized: I for one am learning that organization is key to keep everyone on schedule. I lay out clothes and plan lunches the night before. That way we aren’t running around stressed out early in the morning.
- Crockpot Meals: The crockpot is quickly becoming my best friend. Hot meals that taste good and can be made so easily. Home cooking without effort! What more can a girl want.
- Down Time: My girls are still young but after school I give them some down time before we start doing anything else. My little one still takes a nap, but my preschooler just relaxes for a little while.
- After School Snacks: I try to have snacks of all types that are healthful to help my daughters get their energy back. Especially great when you have an older child that is facing long hours filled with homework.
- Family Calendar: I have a family calendar hanging in my kitchen so that my husband and I are on the same page when it comes to our schedules. I am sure to write everything on this calendar. We also use an online calendar that sends emails to both of us each week keeping us up to date with upcoming events.
- Routine: I try to keep the routine going, even on the days my daughters are not in school. Since my daughters are very young they only go to school three days a week. Some may think that this is great, except it is difficult at the same time because the routine can easily get messed up on the off days.
- Family Time: With everyone back in school I think it is important to schedule some family time each week and do something together. It doesn’t have to be a big outing. It could just be as simple as playing a game or watching a movie together.
Oh yes, this is a tough one, however, it is a common back to school issue. I have a preschooler, so it has been especially difficult for her. I think that it is important for our kids to spread their wings, but at the same time we cringe ourselves seeing them with tears running down their faces as they approach school. Interestingly, many times it happens after all of the excitement is gone and the real work is beginning. What can we do to combat those tears and help our children make that separation from us?
- Don’t Delay the Inevitable: Give your child a quick hug and kiss and get out. Don’t stick around, because I know from experience it just makes it worse. Better yet if they can take the bus or be dropped off that is something you may want to look into.
- Books: There are many children’s books that address separation anxiety. I find, especially with my three year old that reading these books have helped her get adjusted to school. Education.com did a great article on seven books that help ease separation anxiety.
- Lunchbox Notes: Send a note in your child’s lunchbox, if they can read. I have found some wonderful ideas for lunchbox notes on Pinterest.
- Send A Picture: Put a picture of you or your child’s family in a special place in their backpack and let them know you are always with them.
- Let Them Lead You: For me I found that letting my daughter do the talking has helped immensely. I try not to harp on the subject, but remain positive. She is figuring it out on her own. Just the other day she asked her teacher if she would take care of her, and when her teacher replied she would, my daughter has stopped crying completely. Who knew just a simple conversation with her teacher would help ease her fears.
I have been so excited for my children to begin their school years. I know each year is going to come with their own adjustments and difficulties, but as a Mom I hope I can try to make those adjustments easier by being supportive and setting up a system in my house that helps ease the transitions. Each family is different and has different needs and little by little we will learn what works and what doesn’t.
What are some things that help your family adjust to school?