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How to Survive Summer Break with Kids - #SesameStreetonHBO


This is part of a sponsored collaboration with HBO and DiMe Media. However, all opinions expressed are my own.

It is easy to get overwhelmed with the idea of having to entertain your kids this summer break, after all they have needs that are to be met and you’re the parent in charge of meeting those needs. Many parents around the globe are starting to worry about having to survive summer break with kids, but you see it really isn’t a bad thing at all. You can survive summer break with kids if only you follow a few of the tips we are sharing with you today.


Maintain a Routine – kids thrive on routine, they have just left the strict school routine to a more lax summer break routine. Try to develop and maintain a routine that you determine based on kid’s needs, schedule constraints and necessary components of lunch, snack, and dinner time.

Ask Your Kids – when planning activities or daily to-do’s ask your kids what they want to do during summer break. Try to incorporate some of the wants of your kids into their summer break schedule so that they feel more confident about their needs being met. This will alleviate unnecessary arguing with you when you take time for yourself.

Regulate Electronic Time – kids can get tunnel vision when sat in front of electronics for too long a period of time. Make sure you regulate electronic time to ensure your kids are maintaining a balanced routine every day during summer break. Allow electronic time to be earned, perhaps by completing a specific set of chores on a daily basis.


Send Kids to Relatives – if you have the use of friends or relatives make sure to include at least one day a week where you send your kids off with that special person. Allowing your kids to have one day per week with another person gives you some rest and rejuvenation time. Taking that day to yourself will help you stay sane during summer break.

Get Books from Public Library – each week have your kids go into the public library to select a few books for them to read. Have a designated time each day for the kids to read silently in their favorite location at home. Allowing for silent reading time during summer break gives you another moment of silence to recoup and allows them to keep up their reading skills.


The overall gist to surviving summer break with kids is to maintain a proper balance between time they spend with you and outside of the home. When inside, however, you can have them watch their favorite Sesame Street characters all summer long on Saturday mornings at 9:00 am ET/8:00 am CT on HBO. This current season along with past seasons will also air daily on HBO Family at 8:00 am while you will be able to stream the last five seasons on HBO Now, HBO Go and HBO On Demand. You'll also get to see the usual line-up of celeb guest stars including: Gwen Stefani, Ne-Yo, Pharrell Williams, Gina Rodriguez, and Lupita Nyong’o.


I grew up with these same characters and so did my kids, so this is going to be our summer tradition, watching Sesame Street on HBO all summer long. Join us!

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Let's discuss: Who's your favorite Sesame Street character? 

Annmarie John
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  1. HI, your daughter us beautiful, by the way. I grew up watching sesame street but my four year old only liked it, till she was about three!

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    1. I grew up watching Sesame Street myself and my kids did the same thing. Madison still loves it at age 4.

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  2. Your daughter is gorgeous! :) This is such a lovely list, I feel like I still need that "regulate electronic time" reminder!

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    1. Thank you Steph. I do too at times. Sometimes it can get easy to just let them stay and watch "a bit more" but we do need to manage their electronic time.

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  3. Lots of great tips for keeping your kids entertained and engaged all summer. Brings back my summer memories as a kid.

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    1. That is awesome! I'm glad I was able to bring back sweet (at least I hope they were) summer memories.

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  4. Your daughter is such a sweetie! I actually love having my kiddos home during the summer, sometimes I think I am just going to keep them home and home school them!

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    1. I would think that and then common sense would kick in. I'd have no time for myself. :)

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  5. Some of our best family memories were made during summer break. Going to the library, park day, picnics, vacation. Most of all family time.

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    1. That is awesome! I had some amazing summer myself too.

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  6. Our favorite Sesame Street character is Cookie Monster (my older daughter and I) and my toddler loves Grover. This is a great list for surviving summer break!

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    1. I have to say that I really love Big Bird. She's always been around and while I love Cookie Monster, Elmo and Grover, I also just LOVE Oscar the Grouch.

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  7. I remember when I was younger and on summer break, before we had the internet, I'd definitely watch shows and cartoons like Sesame Street! But most of my time was spent outside either in my backyard or at camp for sure!

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    1. I was very much the same. During the summer I spent most of my time outdoors. I was very rarely indoors. I miss those days.

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  8. Maintaining a routine is a big one for us (and me). Things quickly turn to chaos otherwise! Love that Sesame is on HBO now.

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    1. Oh getting out of routine at times can have disastrous effects. I know oh too well.

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  9. I LOVED Sesame Street! My kids never got into it and it broke my heart. Can't wait to watch with my grandkids in 20 years!!

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    1. Oh I'm pretty sure you'll have fun watching Sesame Street with your grandkids. I'm hoping to do the same.

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  10. Good tips! Scarlet will be doing a full day camp for 4-5 weeks but there aren't really options like that for Des. Not that I can feel good about, anyway. So yes to relatives and routines!

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    1. Oh no, well hopefully next year Des will be able to attend with Scarlet and they'll have lots of fun together.

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  11. Routine is a key to everything. I find that summers are easier than other times of the year because days are longer and we can fit so much more into our day.

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    1. That is true but you also don't want to overload the kids with too much.

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  12. oh how i miss sesame street - my daughter is too old to watch it now. But she did watch a lot when she was little

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    1. My older kids no longer watch but my youngest loves it. Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?

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  13. My daughter doesn't get into Sesame Street that much, but these are wonderful tips! My favorite tip is going to the library, as this is something my family and I regularly do. :)

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    1. The library is an amazing place to go during the summer! I know that they usually have a summer reading program and the kids would join in every summer. This year is no exception.

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