An Anxious Mom’s Ultimate Guide to Summer Sanity

An Anxious Mom’s Ultimate Guide to Summer Sanity


It’s the most amazing time of the year for children …

Until they get bored.

And as the summer draws to a close, it can start to be a long, crazy time filled with chaos and boredom and sibling fights.

If you feel a bit nervous about how you will manage life this summer, you are not alone.

In fact, you might be feeling FEAR.

I know this because when I asked my community for an upcoming struggle, coping with kids home all day all summer was by far the No. 1 response I received.

It was telling.

And, here’s the thing – I completely get it.

My daughters, both leaving elementary school for middle school this year, will be home with me all day long as well. Aside from a couple weeks of camps, they will be wanting to do all the things — while I still have a family wellness coaching business to lead and a house to take care of and other projects.

Life must go on — even in the great unknown of summer.

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Summer brings lack of structure and routine. It brings boredom. It creates more pressures on a mom to be more “on.” It also brings the pressure of children having to go to new places if their parents work and that can create guilt and stress as well.

We can make the most of all of it, though. With a bit of planning and intention — and staying true to the purpose of summer. To break from routine and enjoy life and the beautiful season.

Finding that balance of doing and being, going and home and structure vs. no structure is a challenge.

On this week’s podcast, I’m sharing how I am planning to keep summer INsanity at bay … with some structure, some child-led activities and having THE TALK.

Want to hear what The Talk is all about …

Listen to the episode below or subscribe and listen on iTunes.

Highlights of this Episode

  • Fear of Stressful, Unstructured Days
  • Two Types of Schedules & Weekly Planning
  • Weekly Show and Tell
  • Managing Sibling Rivalry
  • Empowering our Kids
  • Making Time for The Summer Talk
  • What is the High Five?
  • Screen Time Balance

Resources Mentioned in this Episode

9 Responses to An Anxious Mom’s Ultimate Guide to Summer Sanity

  1. Love the idea of having 2 summer schedules…that makes so much sense, Shawn. Thank you for all the great ideas on how to create a peaceful but fun summer time for my girls!

  2. I just LOVE your summer list of activities that you shared here, Shawn….what a beautlful way to create some lasting summer memories. I am very grateful….. I especially love that these activities are all possible without spending a lot of money. I am really looking forward to a slow and fun filled summer…. can’t wait to share this list with the girls!

  3. This is just what I needed to hear right now as the summer holidays are something I alway stress about. Some fab ideas in there that I will be using. I struggle with the getting up early as my kids get up between 5/6am and one has sleep problems so I don’t get much sleep during the night. I love all the advice you give us all so a very big thank you xx

  4. Some great ideas in here Shawn, I really like having two different lists of options. I was reminded of using the list of ‘must-do’s’ before having screen time, which I really want to do again this year.

  5. Cannot wait to listen to this podcast…yes “fear of unstructured days” is so true for me….it sounds so wonderful until I am half one in
    I truly wonder how American parents cope with such a long holiday for the children when they get only a few weeks of annual leave/vacation leave each year.
    In Australia we get 4 weeks annual leave a year

  6. This episode was incredibly helpful and inspiring! I’m very excited to try all your tips. Thank you so much

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