Summer is supposed to be fun, so how come it can be so stressful? With family vacations and bored kids out of school and looking for something to do, parents can often find themselves overwhelmed instead of enjoying the warm weather and family time.

This helpful guide offers five helpful and easy-to-implement ideas for keeping kids happy and parents on track. My favorite was the advice to just let kids play and not worry so much about planning activities and to allow kids to make their own goals for summer learning.

Equally important to allowing free time is to keep a solid structure in the mornings and at bedtime. Click here to check out this sensible advice: