From figuring out summer child care to worrying about what your kids will be doing with their free time, summer vacation can feel like anything but a break. Some years, it's enough to make you wish for year-round school, especially if your kids are old enough to stay home alone.
Fortunately, there is a solution. If you haven't already, sit down and develop a schedule with your kids for what you want them to accomplish during the day. And be specific, from chores like doing the dishes and making their beds to defining limits up front for how many hours they're allowed to watch TV, play video games, and use the computer. This little bit of structure from day one of summer vacation won't just make your life easier -- it will also help your kids develop responsibility and life skills.
For help getting started, read Create a Summer Schedule for Your Kids.
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