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Beating Kiddo Summer Anxiety – Week 1

Summer is upon us, y’all. It’s hot, I’m sweaty, and my child is cheerful before noon and I don’t get to dump him off at school. So, you know, I’m really enjoying every minute of this. 

So, my last post was all about Kiddo’s anxiety and how not having school 5 days a week, or at least a plan for his day, has really been bothering him more than we thought it would. I mean, I don’t blame him. I also need plans. So, I came up with this:

It was just something I threw together so that we could both have a plan for the day if there wasn’t one. Things are allowed to be changed and adjusted, but frankly I have no real exciting plans this summer…. so this is going to help all involved.

Also, now that I’m taking a look at that picture after my first week of attempting this plan… I forgot about the “Letters of the Week” and those weren’t even addressed. So, things are going well.

Monday was our first go at this. We got on the couch, popped popcorn, got apples and peanut butter, and busted out some Transformers.
This is where I learned that my child is a person that asks questions during the part of the movie that would answer the question if he would just WATCH IT HIMSELF. People that do this bring out a rage in me. But, y’all, I held it together. I made a snarky Facebook post about it and carried on with our day. He loved it. It was special. Day one: WIN.

Tuesday was Library day. Sweet. We signed up for the summer reading challenge and we already have like 67890 points, not to brag. So, Day two: WIN.

Wednesday was Water Day. Thanks to a friend who happened to invite us over for a water day already on Wednesday, this day was also a good one. Day Three: WIN. (also a win because I got to sit indoors while the kids were outside.)


Thursday was Thanksgiving day. This is a day I wanted to devote to focusing on kindness. (Although he’s welcome to not be a jerk all the other days of the week as well. As am I, but ya know, one person at a time around here.) His little buddy broke his leg the other day, so we decided he needed some lovin’ in the form of a get well card, fun socks to sleep in over his cast, and coloring stuff! Day Four: WIN. 

Now, you might be saying to yourself, “Tabitha, it’s only Thursday. Why aren’t you waiting until the full week is over to make this post?” Well, friends. I will tell you that my boy is going to Grandma and Papaw’s house for the week starting tomorrow. So, I’m gonna go ahead and predict that as a WIN. And that also qualifies as a “Friday – go to someone’s house”.

So, really, what we can take away from all this is that I’m an amazing mom and I win at everything.

Thank you, the end.




Okay, fine maybe not. BUT I did win at this for at least this week, right?

What are you doing to combat the summer? Give me some ideas!


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