Summer comes fast. It seems winter will never end, and then, suddenly summer. You can get ready for summer now, so that you and your family will be prepared when summer vacation hits. Here's what you need to know now, so that you're ready for summer and all that it brings.
If your child will attend summer camp
, don't wait too long to register. Overnight camps are especially popular with the tween age group, so if you know your family's vacation schedule, it might be a good idea to contact your camp of choice to reserve your child a spot. Don't forget to prepare your child for the experience, so that homesickness doesn't become an issue.
Plan Your Vacation Early
It can be hard to find the time to take a family vacation when you're working around your schedule and your child's busy schedule. But if you don't choose a week early on, you may miss out entirely on the family bonding experience. A great vacation doesn't have to be expensive, you might even consider a staycation.
Get Ready for Summer - Stock up on Supplies
You can save on sunscreen and bug spray by shopping sales and cutting coupons. The best deals can be had in the spring, when retailers begin stocking their shelves. If you plan on spending a lot of time outdoors this summer, buy in bulk, because you will probably go through more sunscreen than you think you will.
Book Swimming Lessons
If your tween's swimming skills could use a boost, it's time to check into swimming lessons. The best instructors always book up quickly, so make sure you make contact early in the season. Ask the director of your local YMCA or community pool for recommendations.
Make a Reading List
Make a summer reading list for yourself, and have your children do the same
. If you don't want to buy new books, visit your local library, or shop at local thrift stores. Thrift stores often have an impressive stash of paperbacks, and the prices can't be beat.
Prepare the Family Car
Summer can be unpredictable, and you may find yourself and your family jumping in the family vehicle for a planned, or an unplanned, road trip. Get ready for summer by making sure your family is safe. Take your vehicle to a trusted service center and have them give it a trip check, to be sure it's up for a long ride.
Assign Summer Chores
Get ready for summer and teach responsibility at the same time by creating a chore chart
for your kids. Since school and homework are no longer an issue, your tween can take on a little extra in the chore department. Make sure your child is contributing everyday, by taking out the garbage, emptying the dishwasher, feeding the pets, or helping with laundry.
Arrange for Pet Care
Find a local teen or tween to take care of your pets while you're on vacation. Ask your child for recommendations. Chances are your preteen will have a friend whose reliable, and needs a little extra spending money.
Have Your Air Conditioner Checked
Nothing is worse than hitting the dog days of summer, only to have your air conditioner give out. Prepare for summer days by having your air conditioning unit checked now. You won't regret it when temperatures hover over 100 degrees and the humidity is high.