Successful Summer Planning – Webinar


Often times good stuff gets lost in the clutter, do you agree?  For those who are rather new to the Confident Mom community , I wanted to re-post this great webinar I did two years ago on tips for a great summer.  If you’ve been getting organized creating your summer with the Summer Survival Calendar and also using the Action Guide, these extra tips might be just what you need.

Also, I am excited to share that beginning June 1st, I will be doing a 30 days series on all things summer!  Watch for that to begin.

I had such a great time presenting some great tips with Trading Cradles on the webinar they hosted.  It is always fun to talk about summer and help moms make the most of this precious time with our families.  Instead of it being a stressful and overwhelming time, it can be full of great opportunity!

If you missed it – and you did miss some great stuff – here is the replay for you.  As a mom I know it can be hard to find time to listen in – but pop it on while you are preparing dinner, cleaning the bathroom or feeding the kids lunch.  Even if you can’t view the power point the entire time, you wont’ want to miss the content of this webinar.

Here is the power point presentation in a PDF.

Leave a comment after you view it and let me know what was the best tip or idea that you will implement. 5 Steps to a Successful Summer from Aaron R on Vimeo.

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Weekly Household Quick Tip


Tackling tasks in the Weekly Household Planner:


Now, there is not a task in the planner that sates “delegate” but today I will share with you how critical it is for a mom to share household tasks.  Face it, we can not do it all and if you think you can be the super-woman-mom type, you will quickly exhaust yourself and feel failure festering.

I have all types of moms use my weekly household planner and they tweak it to fit their needs.  For example, a Stay at home mom may be able to accomplish all the tasks one week because her schedule is a bit more open, she has no outside appointments, a rather slow social calendar that week, etc – and she is effective at getting those who are in the home to help cooperate.

A mom who works outside the home as well as performs all the regular tasks caring for her home, will most likely have to cross some tasks off that just aren’t that important.  I encourage you to do this at the beginning of the week, just as soon as you’ve turned that page for a new week.  We all need to be realistic!

A single mom – well……you probably really need to evaluate your time at the beginning of the week and determine what is critical for that week.  Who can help you manage some tasks?  So, some tasks that maybe could get skipped this week could be:  organize the pantry, clean out your purse, wiping baseboards, decluttering drawers – those types of tasks.  When your time is stretched in many directions  you have to be smart with where you decide to spend it.

As summer is fast approaching I encourage you to give a few more tasks to your children to share in the household responsibilities – that old saying, “work before play” can be truly lived out this summer.  Develop a routine that has some tasks completed first thing in the morning so that you can enjoy the day.  You are really doing your kids a big favor by allowing them to participate in the keeping of your home, these are life skills that they carry out into the real world.

What tasks are you giving your kids this week?

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1, 2, 3 Tidy Your Home


Keeping our homes organized seems to get harder all the time.  I’ve found there are a few simple ways to create a more organized feel and a more peaceful environment in our home.  You may already do some of these and have found they help out with how your home runs.

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Weekly Household Quick Tip


Tips for tackling tasks in the Weekly Household Planner:

Creating Routines

When someone first looks at the tasks listed on the Weekly Household Planner, they can become discouraged.  It may seem like a lot – but I imagine you are doing many of those tasks already, without even thinking about it!  If you are striving towards fitting in a few more tasks during your day, there are ways to fit them in.   If you don’t schedule your time your time will schedule you!

It really comes down to learning to create routines and flow to your day in order to create patterns of behavior.  When this is part of your rhythm, you have to think less about what comes next.  This is precisely why routines work so great for our children, they know what to expect and anticipate the next action.  We need to do the same.

Let’s take a look at finding ways to create routines.

Time available

Basically, creating a schedule/routine requires that you take a realistic look at the time available and know the tasks that need to be done in that time.  You have to allow enough time in your schedule to transition between tasks, to manage necessary items and also add in flexible items.

Some days are busier than others, so you need to keep that in mind, but if you can have a typical window of opportunity available each day, you can use that to your benefit.  I know in the morning, I have at least an hour to do many of my tasks in and around the kitchen while I help my little one get ready for the day.


You can over-commit even without leaving home!  Seriously.  If you can look at your day and see tasks lined up and the hours beginning to dwindle away, take a look at whether you have over-committed your time.  If you have a needy toddler at home or a sick child, or perhaps you are feeling a bit run down, make sure you take that into account when you look at your day.  When you expect too much you are really setting yourself up for disappointment and frustration – there will be a train wreck in your future.  I’ve experienced enough of my own!

Me Time

Remember to schedule time for yourself.  It’s on the daily task list!  Pamper Yourself – figure out what that means for you and make it happen.  I’ve been trying to lay down every afternoon for 15 minutes as a reward and treat for getting up at 5:30 AM each morning.  If that doesn’t happen, then a cup of tea or a quick walk outside will do the trick.  I need 15 minutes away from little voices – quiet is what I crave.

Be Realistic

Different seasons in our lives require different levels of our “mom” interaction.  When you have little ones at home, you are required to be more present, remember this.  Allow for this – you may not get all the tasks checked off your list each day, but that is okay.  If you have a plan and at least a guide to go by, you waste a lot less time trying to figure out what to do.  This is what I share so often with mom’s who are feeling like they are failing because not every task gets crossed off each day – ladies, not every tasks gets crossed off on my list either!  I love that I have a list I don’t have to create each day, it’s already done.  I can then prioritize what can and needs to get done.  There are a lot of weeks that I automatically cross off several tasks that I know do not need done or wont’ get done.  The next time they come up I can try to get to them.


Giving yourself grace is key to finding joy while being a mom.  Period!  We often are our worst critics.  Remember to allow yourself to “take a break” is important.  I shared more on this one back a few months ago, maybe you missed it?

When you take the time to create a realistic routine with your day and add in tasks that are important to get done, you will find that you are able to get more done in less time.  Your schedule is the framework that tells you where you want to use your time and by reviewing the schedule, you can see if your plan was effective.  If it is not, then tweak it – we all need to do that from time to time.

Do you have an effective daily routine?

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Encouraging Your Child to Read


You know reading’s fun – in fact, as an adult, you’d probably love to have time to curl up with a good book – but how can you convince your kids or students? For parents and teachers with kids who already know how to read, the issue isn’t teaching them how; it’s getting them to use their reading skills to open up a world of fun.

It’s a visual world, and kids may think of reading as boring or uninteresting. But showing a child how wonderful reading is can be a lifelong gift.

Setting up a reading routine can help encourage independent reading and a love of reading that may last a lifetime. Children in particular respond well to routines, and will sometimes do things that are part of a routine that they might not do on their own.

So how do you implement a reading routine? What does it look like? Here are some simple steps to set up a fun reading routine in your home.

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Choose a Time

The Right Environment

Choose a Book

Involve the Family

Read to and with Your Child

Using Cliffhanger Moments

What is your favorite reading trick?





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