Summer Prep Checklist

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You want to avoid that panic moment. You know, that time when summer is over and you realize it didn’t go as you pictured it. You feel that pang of regret. You procrastinated implementing goals and now you feel the need to cram it all into a two week period. All of it. It doesn’t take much to prepare for the summer you want have:

1-Know how you want to spend summer

What activities do you want to do this summer? Make a list of the things you want to get done. Do you want to hit the zoo? The water park? Go camping? You don’t want to reach the end of the summer and realize you didn’t do anything you wanted to get done. Just write down your goals and see how you can fit it in. Also, if you want to go on a vacation, you might need to plan things with a fair amount of advance; summer travel is expected to be up quite a bit from last year and you might have a hard time finding lodging or booking flights. See also: 

2-Know your goals

Know what you want to accomplish during the summer. Do you want it to be a lazy summer? Do you want teach new skills during summer? Do you want to keep up on reading skills during the summer? Summer is sneaky. You will find yourself panicking two weeks before school starts as you realize you didn’t have your child read one book all summer. Before you know it summer is gone, so if you have goals you want accomplished, you need to recognize them and plan for them. See also:

3-Have a plan for adding kids back to your day

If you have children in school, you want to have an idea of how to incorporate them back into being home all day. We spend a lot of time thinking about how to add a newborn to the family, but often don’t plan out how to add our kids into being home all day every day again. See also: 

4-Buy the things you need

It is great to have the thing you need on hand when summer starts. You don’t want day one of summer to realize, “Oops! We don’t have any food for lunch!” or “We don’t have sunscreen and you want to play outside all day long!” You can definitely set your first day of summer as shopping day where you all go out together to get what you need, so it doesn’t have to be ahead of time before kids are out, but have it on your radar and ready to do.  See also:


Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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  1. Jennifer
    May 22, 2016 / 12:13 AM

    Hmmm… Great reminders and good things to think about!

  2. Jennifer
    May 22, 2016 / 6:05 AM

    Hmmm… Great reminders and good things to think about!

  3. Valerie Plowman
    May 24, 2016 / 6:03 PM

    Thanks Jennifer!

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