Just take a step outside and you will know it is summer time. In the South, the temperatures are sizzling hot, and we haven’t even gotten to July 4th yet! As a mom with small children, the heat can make me uncomfortable and grumpy. Even our dog is miserable as she comes in from outside with her tongue hanging out the side of her mouth.

Yet, as Moms we know the day must go on! Here are some things we have done to survive the heat and still have some summer fun:

1. Sprinkler/water slide

I am amazed how much enjoyment kids get out of the back yard sprinkler. It is better than the ice cream truck for some kids. For added fun, we put the lawn sprinkler on our slide to make our own “Water Slide.”

2. Give the dog a bath

Want to have some pure visual enjoyment? Hand complete control over to a small child to bathe a dog. Then grab a glass of sweet tea, sit back and watch the show while they have the hose in one hand, shampoo in the next and chasing the dog at the same time.

3. Wash the car

It doesn’t really matter if it is perfect or not, usually a quick rinse is enough to get the cars and the kids clean.

4. Join the swim team

Swim teams are great for making sure kids get their exercise, exert some energy and stay cool in the summer.

5. Popsicles for morning snack

Smoothies for breakfast followed by popsicles for snack. What could be better?

6. Make your own ice cream

After being lost in the Great Abyss of our cupboards, we finally dug out the ice cream maker a few weeks ago. There are endless recipes for homemade ice cream, offering more choices than your local supermarket. Also, if your house deals with dairy allergies, it is a great way to save some money by making your own dairy free ice cream

7. Use the grill

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen – literally. Summer is a great time to beef up your grilling techniques. (Sorry about the pun.)

8. Local deals

Many local businesses offer special summer incentives and deals for families with kids. There are movies, bowling, art classes, mini camps just to name a few. It is a great way to do some things in your local neighborhood that you wouldn’t be able to do during the school year.

9. Hang out with friends

The summer heat can effect everyone. Sometimes spending it friends can be a great way for moms and their children to have some fun and forget about temperatures outside.

What are some ways your family has survived the heat?



  • No Mommy’s Perfect

    Car wash at home is a super idea–I like that too!–I should add up how much money I am saving just getting wet and getting exercise too! Grace loves it. Oh, actually I do pay her a couple bucks:) Montessori taught her that “work” is fun. Cool. –Susan