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After the longest, coldest, iciest winter that Northern Iowa has had in recent memory, summer is finally here, and it feels like quite the feat. My family moved last week, and it didn’t take long for our old town to feel like a distant memory to them. We’re in full summer swing in our new city, discovering new libraries, new parks, and trying to meet kids at local camp programs. My two older boys have made friends with a group of neighbor kids and they became fast friends. Things are great here in our new town. Life is terrific this summer, but things are also going to pick up and get super busy! Next week my two older sons will have soccer camp, Lego camp, and swim lessons. And I know that we are going to be running around crazy for at least a few days. I would share with you some parenting hacks I have picked up from previous summers to help keep everything going afloat and to help avoid parent summer burn out.
5 Easy Summer Parenting Hacks
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1. Make Your kids Macaroni and Cheese for Dinner- With all those nights at the ballpark, running kids back a forth to swimming lessons, camp, and play dates, and spending outside, playing with the family getting dinner on the table can seem like quite the task. And why would you want to spend a summer evening with a sink full of dishes when you can be out with your family? It is okay to take shortcuts. Let STOUFFER’S® make dinner for you! Pick up STOUFFER’S Macaroni and Cheese at Walmart and take it easy on yourself a bit! Right now, through July 11, 2019 (or while supplies last), you can claim an offer through Ibotta when you purchase STOUFFER’S Mac and Cheese.
We are all so busy during the summer, going to cookouts, packing lunches for picnics, and spending time outdoors that it’s nice to be able to get all your summer shopping done at one place. I purchased this STOUFFER’S Mac and Cheese at Walmart.
3. Keep a Case of Bottled Water in the back of your trunk- I started doing this about two summers ago when my boys and I were in a weekly park group. As much as I try to always have reusable water bottles ready for my kids when we go to summer activities, it doesn’t always happen. Sometimes we might stop for a hike or at a park for some play time on a whim, and it is so important to me to keep my kids hydrated over the summer. I started keeping a case of bottled water in my trunk. We share water with friends who don’t have water bottles and always have water on hand when we are out and about during these hot summer months.
4. Keep a waterproof blanket in your car at all times- Summer in our house is always full of adventures. We love picnicking, hiking, trips to the beach, and play-dates at the park. We have been known to have impromptu picnics, and attend outdoor concerts in the park on a whim. I love my fold up waterproof blanket and I keep it in my car during the summer at all times. You never know when you will need it because the ground is a little soggy, or if your kids will need a place to sit for an outdoor activity. Having this around makes summer with three small boys that much easier.
5. Take a ” No frills” approach to summer- All of those creative kids activities you see on Pinterest look fun. And I bet some of them are, but you don’t need to spend money and time putting something like that together when your kids can go outside and have the time of their lives, playing with a pile of rocks. Kids will learn how to be creative and adventurous if you let them. Don’t stress out about giving your kids the “perfect Pinterest” summer! Just be available to play with them, and everyone will be so much less stressed out!
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