For many families summer break is coming up very quickly.  Don't make the mistake of planning your summer when the kids are already home tearing the place apart.

Start making your plans, schedules, and chore charts now, so you're ready on day one.  Here are a few tips to get you ready for summer break.

Chore charts are a life saver for moms and kids alike.  Everyone knows what to expect and what is expected.  Another idea is to reward accordingly.

In order to get the level of cooperation, use the computer as leverage.  Set a passcode on the computer, don't put the code in until the kids have completed whatever is asked of them.

Another idea is to schedule exercise.  Gone are the days when kids would disappear on the bikes into the neighborhood all day long and reappear at dinner time.  Here's more from the