65 Self-Care Ideas For Homeschooling Parents in Summertime

Being a homeschooling mother may be challenging. I’m not sure if you’re like me, but as soon as the first day of school starts, I start counting down the days until summer vacation. Nothing like a nice, relaxed summer to replenish your batteries and fill your cup.

Are you ready for summer?

I am. Even with a fairly successful and happy homeschool year winding down, I am so looking forward to less structured, more delight-led days, sitting in the sun and by campfires. Going on vacation. Just stopping and enjoying what summer has to offer.

I hope you are finding a little more time to reflect on your year, on where you have come from and where you might be headed, and taking a deep breath or two of congratulations…you did it! Another year full of learning and love and memories and moments of true joy.

I bet if you are anything like me, you are also a little tired, and grateful it is time for a break. Perhaps, too, you are reflecting on your needs–to renew and realign yourself.

I always see summer as a time to recharge my batteries, reignite my love of homeschool (because sometimes you need some inspiration!) and reflect on it all.

You know what lets me do all three? Recharge, reignite and reflect? Taking care of myself. Making me the priority for moments in the day. Giving to yourself so you are better able to give to others.

If you need some summertime self-care inspiration, look no further. I’ve been daydreaming of the long days, beaches, s’mores and fireflies.

Here’s hoping you have more than just a moment to slow down and nurture yourself as the days lengthen, warm and become less packed with things that must be done. If you are stuck for ideas that take mere moments, here are 65 ideas to take care of yourself in a moment.

65 Ideas for Self-Care in the Lovely Summertime

  1. Go for a walk.
  2. Drink lemonade.
  3. Add a lime or some mint to your water.
  4. Speaking of, drink more water.
  5. Journal.
  6. Make bruchetta.
  7. Go into the woods. Sit. Listen.
  8. Pick up a magazine to read.
  9. Breathe. (Isn’t it weird how just reading the word makes you do it?!)
  10. Start the day with a full body stretch.
  11. Sit and stare awhile.
  12. Walk barefoot.
  13. Start a gratitude list.
  14. Smell the smells.
  15. Watch the sunset.
  16. Watch the sunrise.
  17. Listen for changes in sounds at dusk.
  18. Count butterflies.
  19. Toast a marshmallow or two.
  20. Get down on the ground and watch the bugs working.
  21. Color.
  22. Read a good book (just for you!).
  23. Nap in the sunshine
  24. Don’t cook dinner. Let the kids!
  25. Eat a hearty salad for lunch.
  26. Make smoothies.
  27. Make popsicles.
  28. Dip bananas in melted chocolate and freeze.
  29. Turn off your phone for the day.
  30. Doodle.
  31. Call (instead of text) your best friend, mom, dad, or siblings.
  32. Write each child a letter filled with all the things you love about them.
  33. Write a letter like that to yourself.
  34. Make a bonfire at night.
  35. Pop some popcorn with coconut oil and top it with real butter.
  36. Get wet: go swimming, body surf, jump off the diving board.
  37. Find a new podcast.
  38. Garden.
  39. Plant herbs (easy peasy, hard to kill).
  40. Enjoy an iced coffee or iced tea while sitting down.
  41. Try a some new art.
  42. Read an encouraging blog like this.
  43. Do a DIY home project (if that makes you as happy as me:-)
  44. Celebrate silly days
  45. Ride a bike.
  46. Plan a do nothing day.
  47. Watch an old movie from your past.
  48. Take a picture a day of your summer.
  49. Get in the vacation pictures this year.
  50. Pick up some treat just for you at the grocery store.
  51. Do your nails with a new color.
  52. Go to bed early.
  53. Get up late.
  54. Let them watch one more show so you can {fill in the blank}.
  55. Pick flowers and put them on display.
  56. Buy some new flip flops.
  57. Read a graphic novel.
  58. Add fresh herbs to dishes.
  59. Watch the sky for bats at dusk.
  60. Be still.
  61. Eat the ice cream.
  62. Watch the kids play instead of looking at the phone.
  63. Smile.
  64. Watch a movie you know will cause you to cry.
  65. Find the stars.

Read also:  11 Free and Cheap Ideas for Unplugged Summer Family Fun

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Summer CAN be reclaimed for your family. In reality, you have the ability to make this the finest summer ever for your children. It does not need extensive travel or large sums of money. You can do it even if you work and your children are in day camp. Nothing shouts summer like splashing in the water with your friends! Turn on the sprinkler in the backyard and join your children as they run and play in the water.

A well-planned schedule is essential for a stress-free summer. While it may seem paradoxical to pack your “vacation” with activities, plotting out how you will spend your time can free you up to appreciate the anticipated activities. Inquire with your family about their summer objectives and identify where their aspirations coincide.

Even during the holidays, children need to know what is expected of them. Structure and predictability are important to them. When parents are on the phone or working, they should explain to their children what they should do. This is particularly critical during the epidemic, when the line between home and work has become more blurred.

How do I create a daily schedule for homeschooling?

Few of us will be able to stick to a timetable in practise. Most people will be frustrated by time slots on a chart since life occurs and we are continually pushed off schedule. Whether you homeschool year-round or just began back up a few weeks ago, if your family is beginning to hate the routine after a while, it’s time to change things up.

I begin by sketching out our whole year. I use the Year At A Glance printable, as well as my Yearly Overview printable, to decide which weeks we will be off throughout the school year, when holidays and vacations will be, and when our terms will begin and conclude. I know we usually take two months off between December and June. This provides us around 44 weeks to work with during the year, and we are only needed to complete 180 days.

You may figure out the specifics of your weekly plan after you’ve agreed on the foundation for your yearlong homeschool programme.
When organising your weekly calendar, keep in mind outside circumstances such as co-op or employment schedules. One advantage of homeschooling is that your weekly schedule is not limited to Monday through Friday. If one or both parents work unusual hours, you may adapt your school days to optimise family time. If a parent works from Wednesday to Sunday, for example, you may make it your school week as well, with Monday and Tuesday being your family’s weekend.

How can I have a productive homeschool day?

Getting up before your children offers you a head start on the day, which is something that many homeschool mothers can benefit from.
Having that alone time to start the day, read, pray, and have a cup of coffee may preserve your sanity. Find strategies to plan ahead of time in order to achieve your objectives. Could you begin utilising a planner to organise their work? Maybe a student planner for your children?
Would making the kids’ breakfast or laying out their clothing the night before help? How can you create the path for you to achieve your daily homeschool goals?

The most crucial guideline is to educate your child how to think, research, apply new ideas, and understand. When you know what your overarching aim is, you will no longer feel compelled to consider your major achievement to have finished textbooks. While I feel that completion is important, certain subjects may take longer than others, and when you homeschool, you may work far into the summer if necessary.

I educate my children to do what they must in order to achieve what they want. They will sometimes hurry through what they have to do in order to get to what they want to accomplish faster. When this occurs, homework and duties are often left unfinished, or specific responsibilities are skipped entirely. As a result, I’ve made precise checklists for homework and chores. These checklists serve to remind people of their obligations as well as the expectations for fulfilling them.


I am a homeschooling mom to three wild gorgeous daughters, as well as a loving wife to my Star Wars fan husband. Coffee, art, photography, TV, travel, and traveling keep me going. I have anxiety, but painting helps me get over it.My life might be somewhat hectic at times, but to me, chaos is happiness, and I wouldn't have it any other way!

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