Figuring out childcare for the summer can be hard for a lot of families, especially if both parents work. Here are 2 lists that can help you organize your summer: Summer Schedule The first list is an example of a summer schedule you can try at your house. This one is geared towards families who … Continue reading Working Moms and Summer Break
Family Chore Chart
One of our more successful approaches to chores with our kids was to make chore charts that included chores for the parents as well. Although it seemed obvious to us that we were doing things to benefit the family all the time, somehow our kids seemed to think that since only they had chore charts, … Continue reading Family Chore Chart
Personally I'm an advocate for NOT having my kids do a lot of structured learning over the summer. I think they need a break, and I look instead for learning opportunities in fun things we would be doing anyway. For example, I've written a bunch of blog posts about ways your kids can learn while … Continue reading Summer Learning
Not All Screen Time Is Equal
I've read a number of articles lately that discuss the negative impacts of screens on kids. Far too often the words "screen time" and "social media" are being used interchangeably when they are not the same thing. If we are going to make smart decisions about helping kids navigate the digital world they now live … Continue reading Not All Screen Time Is Equal
New Feature: Bubble Lists!
Over the years I've had a few customers ask me if they can use the same category-based layout the Lunch Box Checklist has but for their other types of lists. Now you can! Print this list for free This new type of list, which I've decided to call a bubble list, lets you group your … Continue reading New Feature: Bubble Lists!
9 Screen-Free Ideas To Entertain Kids While Flying
When my kids were little, I tried pretty hard to balance non screen entertainment with screen time on our trips. We always relaxed our screen time rules on trips, so some screen time (more than usual) still always happened. But I also found some unique activities that they liked and that were often reserved for … Continue reading 9 Screen-Free Ideas To Entertain Kids While Flying
Summer Reading Ideas
Keeping your kids reading (or starting them on a reading habit) over the summer is really good for them. All reading of any kind is good - reading to them, or with them, or getting them reading on their own all works. And it doesn't matter what they read. Encourage any and all reading! Most … Continue reading Summer Reading Ideas
Who Needs Home Ec?
Your kids do, and summer is a great time to teach them! When I was in middle school many years ago, I took home ec and industrial arts where I learned the basics of cooking, sewing, woodworking, and metal working. We also had lessons in personal finance where I learned how to address an envelope, … Continue reading Who Needs Home Ec?
49 Ideas To Keep Kids Entertained This Summer
I created this chart to help parents fill the long summer days with lots of fun and a little learning too! This is a new expanded version with even more ideas. Print it FREE If you need even more ideas, try some of these other helpful offerings from The Trip Clip: Teach your child some … Continue reading 49 Ideas To Keep Kids Entertained This Summer
Make Your Own First-Then Boards
I've added another new feature to The Trip Clip! Although I still offer a free first/then board template, I've improved my for-purchase option to allow customers to choose their colors and edit the text at the top of the boards. With the purchase of any list on The Trip Clip website, you'll get the ability … Continue reading Make Your Own First-Then Boards