It was also helpful to know that I could quickly pull up my daily schedule at a second's notice, to make plans for such things as the driveway paver's crew, and the team for moving. Make Time for Yourself Another major lesson I learnt is that planning childcare also means making plans for your own. True, it can be difficult to stay at home with children, particularly when you need to organize each day and keep the home in order. As soon as I got the chance and had the time, I formulated a plan to take some "me" time. So, I decided to let a babysitter look after my little girl for an hour while the guys are at YMCA. Later, I'd enjoy some "me time" like having a massage, having my nails done or going on a small shopping excursion. What I learned is that it truly takes a village, because sometimes you get burned out, but it's also impossible to stop because you kids just keep being your kids. Anyway, don't be afraid or feel ashamed about asking someone else to help you out. Moms often mistakenly think that being dependent on others to help them is an indication of weak. However, in reality it is a matter of being human and having been required to. It's essential to plan ahead and allow yourself time for relaxation, decompression and recuperation after working hard and having a lengthy day. Try to engage in mindful thinking and let yourself know that you are doing the best job you can. It's not necessary to be difficult to arrange childcare for your children during the summer months. Over the summer I've learned quite a bit when it comes to managing kids at home. The most memorable lesson I've learned is that creating a routine regardless of whether it's arbitrary is so important. An organized schedule helps maintain some kind of homeostasis which keeps both of you and in a good place. Then, I realized that it was important to be a local thinker and utilize the best of the summer activities offered by your local community that your kids can participate in. Be open-minded, flexible and ready to take advantage of technology to ensure your child's security and to monitor their development.