6 Summer Chaos Survival Tips for Parents

I started summer break with just a few plans on the calendar and smiled because I really looked forward to the non-scheduled lazy days of summer. Yet here we are halfway through, and my previously laid non-plans for a casual month, went completely awry.

Somehow very quickly each and every day was filled up with things to see and do, and while it was so fun, the chaos spun me in circles! I look back at the last month, which went by so fast – and wonder how I survived with my sanity intact. I also wonder if I can keep it up for the next and last month of summer break. 

If your reflection on the last month is much like mine, and you want to take control of the last of the summer break, I’m here to help. 

6 Summer Chaos Survival Tips for Parents


Here are 6 Summer Chaos Survival Tips for Parents!

Establish Routines – We tend to be fairly relaxed when it comes to routines throughout the summer months, yet I’m here to remind you to not completely through structure out the window. Kids crave structure; and moods and behaviour is highly affected by their daily activities. I’m sure we’ve all had a child stay up incredibly late at least once this past month, and paid the price for it the next day. So when you are able to, keep tasks like chores, mealtimes, and bedtimes fairly close to schedule unless there is a special occasion or event preventing otherwise. 

Don’t Overplan – It’s not as easy as it sounds, I know that all too well. Our summers are short and we tend to overpack our days with everything we can just to make the most – I get it. At the same time, realize when a limit has been reached and it’s time to spend a quiet day at home. You could plan an afternoon at the pool instead of a long day at the beach. Remember that you can make memories just as easily, wherever you are – so schedule in some downtime if you must. It’s a summer break and at the end of August you want to feel like you truly had a break. 

summer memories captured

Be Prepared – Summer break is no excuse to drop your savvy organization skills. No matter where your summer travel adventures take you, take the time to be well prepared for the event, in advance. The more you prepare and arrange ahead of time, the easier it’ll be. Take it a step farther and leave a ‘summer survival kit’ in your car at all times, so you are almost ready for any summer adventure. In this kit have hats, sunscreen, bug spray, a sweater, umbrella, picnic blanket, and even non-perishable snacks. 

Meal Plan – Making plans for meals ahead of time is a sure-fire trick to tame chaos all year round, and it’s especially true during those busy summer months when you’re out and about enjoying the sun all day long. Utilize your slow cooker before you leave for the day to prevent relying on drive-thru stops on the way home, and you’ll save money and eat healthier. Write down your meals for the week in accordance with your schedule so that you can shop less frequently, also saving time and money. It may seem daunting, but it’s very much worth it!

Swap with Friends – I have a great group of friends who value family time just as much as time away from the kids – we all need that from time to time! Just like the ‘it takes a village’ saying claims, utilize those people around you to swap kids now and then so everyone gets their alone time to use as they see fit. For instance, I usually take another {or more} kids with us when we go to the pool or park. Not only does it give the kids someone ‘new’ to play with, it also frees up time for their parents to have that break they need. When it’s my turn, I enjoy – there’s benefits for all. 

Stock up on the Helpful Products – As a Mom of three girls, I rely heavily on those fabulous products that make our summer days easier, and less chaotic. For day trips in the car to flights, I love mini colouring books and travel games to keep them entertained. I have my favourite sunscreens for their sensitive skin to avoid discomforts and complaints, and I always keep spare pairs of flip-flops in the car.

With three girls and 4 heads of hair to tame on a daily basis, I place high value on great hair products that make the job easier. So my tip is to be well stocked with Goody Ouchless no-metal elastics; which I keep in many places at home, in my purse, on my key-ring, in my wallet, and even on my gear-shift. You just never know when a hair elastic will be needed – and a colourful one at that!

goody hair products summer chaos tips for parents

For the easy girls hairstyle pictured above, you make a half-ponytail, part the above section a little and flip the ponytail strand through. It’s just a simple way to dress up a half-pony and keep the fly-aways at bay, especially on windy days spent outside. If needed, use some Goody Ouchless Flex Comfort Barrettes to hold stray pieces of hair off the face.

Yet the first step to an easy hairstyle is to tame those tresses, which is why I’m glad to have recently discovered Goody Ouchless No Tears Hairbrushes, which are gentle and effective thanks to their FlexGlide bristles.

I’ve seen my fair share of breakdowns over trying to brush out tangles, which is easily avoided with the right brush. It’s been reported that 74% of moms experienced less snagging and pulling of daughter’s hair when comparing to their normal brush, which means that 74% of kids are more comfortable and happier after hair brushing – which is basically a better start to the day or night if you ask me.

With three girls and three different hair types and lengths, it’s nice to have hair brushes that work for everyone {myself included!}. They are one essential product that make the job faster and easier – on all of us.

Available in three styles – Oval, Styler and the travel-sized, the girls each took one on our family cruise in July and they helped with a smooth transition from bed to fun, and then fun to slumber. Truth is – any summer day, however it’s spent, are active ones at that – and having some great Goody products under your belt makes those days less chaotic for everyone. 

Do you have any more tips for less chaotic summer days?


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Goody, all opinions are my own.



  1. Our #1 rule is to never overplan. The minute you do that, the chaos and overwhelmed feeling sets in.

  2. Great tips! I also try to look for free events that don’t take a lot of my time. For example, I’ll plan a park morning at a park where there’s a free event going on. It gives us a reason to get out of the house without spending money.

  3. These are all great tips. Summer break does go by so quickly. Trying to keep a routine is important especially with school starting in a month.

  4. There is so much that goes on during the summer months. I try not to overplan but with so much going on it tends to happen.

  5. Jump into the fun too and not just watch/take photos. I have to remind myself that sometimes – it’s so fun to let loose and be a kid!

  6. You said it all when you said don’t overplan. I remember carefree lazy summers as a child, and I very much wanted that for my own kids!

  7. I totally agree on the routines. I find my family functions much better when they kind of know what is coming next.

  8. These are all great tips. I think meal planning is great. That’s one thing I need to start doing. I know it could help save a lot of time too.

  9. I think my problem is my summer isn’t chaotic enough lol. It is rather boring, mostly staying at home due to money. maybe next summer we can do more

  10. I’m with you. I really try not to plan many activities for the summer. My kids are so scheduled during the school year that they (and I) need s break!

  11. Thanks for the tips! I thought we’d have a pretty low-key summer other than day camp for the kids and a couple activities but it quickly filled up and now I’m wondering where summer went!

  12. These are awesome times for a great summer. I used to be the parent who planned too much and got upset when the kids didn’t want to follow them… motherhood haha.

  13. All great tips!! I still liked to keep a routine through the summer months so it wasn’t so hard when they went back to school!

  14. Great tips Tammi! I have enjoyed our summer by not overplanning and keeping craft activities on hand for the kids!

  15. When the kids were younger we always tried to stick to a routine so back to school would not be to much of a change. We always start getting up at 7am a week before school starts. Now they are teenagers so It is hard to get the kids to stick to a schedule.

  16. That is such a cute hairdo. I will have to give it a try for my Daughters hair. We have been enjoying a quiet summer. We decided to stay at home this year instead of going on a long trip. It has been so relaxing.

  17. Great tips. My one piece of advice is to not sweat the small stuff and go with the flow… Summers are about exploration and freedom (structure is good to a degree); you don’t want to stifle creativity, exploration and a sense of independence which is necessary for survival and success as adults. Sometimes, for your own sanity and the kiddos happiness, just pick the battles and let things go a little bit. 🙂

  18. Swap with friends is a great tip! It is good to have some downtime from the kids and as well the kids love to play with friends and family in a different environment.

  19. I have learned over the years that over planning can definitely just cause stress. We now don’t plan to cram quite as much in as we used to.

  20. Watching kids and enjoying time with them is the most wonderful me ores that all of you will look back.

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