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Summer House Rules

School’s out for the summer!! Woo-Hoo!!

I am so ready for a change of pace and so are the kids. It’s not that the schedule gets any less hectic, but it just gets different. No 5:45 a.m. wake ups, no homework, no packing lunches. Instead, we are looking at 8 a.m. swim team practice, reading whenever and however (my kids love reading) and packing coolers for swim meets, outings and road trips.

One thing that really helps keep the peace all summer long (well, at least it works in theory) is our Summer House Rules that hang on the refrigerator. My gift to you – a free printable version of these summer house rules to use in your own homes! Enjoy.

Summer House Rules

Download your own copy of the Summer House Rules as a PDF file – then hang where the kids can not miss it!

You might also want to print out some of my other free printables for making things run smooth this summer:

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6 Responses to Summer House Rules

  1. June says:

    LOVE the Summer House Rules, especially the kitchen is not open 24 hours and mom is not made of money…. Glad it’s not just my family that thinks that!! lol

  2. Nickeletta says:

    I love all of this, the menu plan format, your chore chart and the summer rules. I am definitely going to try all these in my house this summer.

    I bought some kid-specific foods for the summer since they are at home (not camp) for the first time. I put these foods in a large plastic bin so they know what they can freely eat. I”m hoping this helps me from coming home to an empty fridge and pantry!

  3. I understand what you are trying to do here. However, do you really want your kids growing with the memory of a whole list of rules? I don’t know, maybe it’s just me. I’d keep it to 2-3 “rules” and focus more on positive.

    However, if it works for you, that’s awesome!

  4. Char says:

    Janis – trust me, my kids will not grow up with the memory of a whole list of rules. I post these at the beginning of each summer as a reminder of what is expected so that our crazy household can continue to run smoothly – but I don’t have to refer to them often. There is a transition from what is expected during the school year and what is expected during the summer. Two of my three kids need things like routines, guidelines, chore lists and such put in front of them visually – it is just how they are. I agree – do what works for your family – and this works for us.

  5. Aly says:

    As a babysitter, coming up to my first summer with 3 kids (10, 8, and 2) and I love this list! I’ve been searching for ideas to help tame the chaos of 8 hours of big kids instead of 2.

    I don’t think I’ll have to refer to them often, but these are kids that need to have their expectations spelled out for them beforehand or they will make all kinds of excuses about “not knowing” and whatnot.

    Rules are structure, and kids need just a little structure in the summer!

  6. Cynthia says:

    I love this! I am excited to use it with my 3 guys! One question however,,I did want to tweek one thing..is there anyway you have an editable pdf version of this so I can make the one change?

    Thank you for posting this!

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