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Get Ready for Summer Break

Summer will be here before you know it, and there’s a lot you can do to get ready for the warm months ahead (and even fall).

To start, find out from your child’s school what books and supplies your child will need for September (if possible). Everything you can put together and store in the front closet will be one less thing to worry about in the rush to get ready for the first day of school.

My son always needs light-soled gym shoes too so these are also stored over the summer break with the new school supplies. Why frantically search for them in September at the last minute when we can have them in advance?

And if you have any friends or family with birthdays in the summer, go to a dollar store and stock up on birthday cards. I keep them in a stack by month, and at the beginning of the month, I sort out what needs to be sent and when.

Another idea is to check your local library about summer programs for kids and sign them up in advance. Sometimes there are a limited number of places, and they fill-up fast. Also, check with the recreation department in your city, and find out if you can purchase pool passes in advance.

Print out a calendar (try or among others) to keep track of everything you’ll need to do. I keep my calendar on the refrigerator, but you can also print more than one copy and keep one in your purse, or make copies for the family.

These are just a few of my tips for preparing in advance for the summer (and fall) months ahead. After all, by getting things ready now, you’ll have that much more time for summer fun with your friends and family!

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