Live, Love, Blend:
Blended Family Summer Survival
Throughout childhood, we learn to love summertime. School’s out, not a care in the world. There may be trips to grandma’s, or family vacations, or just hanging out at the neighborhood pool. And don’t forget about popsicles and running through sprinklers. Ah yes, I’m getting a bit nostalgic.
Fast forward to parenthood and those nostalgic feelings come to screeching halt. For parents, especially blended family parents, summertime means work! Honestly, I get a knot in my stomach near the end of April knowing that summertime is coming fast and I’ve got 5 kids with nothing to do for 3 solid months!
Did you start the summer with a plan? I did. And then I tweaked it along the way. Now that the end of summer is in sight, I can share a few of the things that worked, and didn’t, for getting us over the hump.
For us July is the hump. That’s the month with all the kids and step-kids at our house. Normally 3 of them live with us, and the other 2 come on weekends, so July adds the extra challenges more groceries, more laundry, more activities, more demands, more arguments… you get the picture.