We all look forward to summer, the lazy days of summer. But are they really lazy or do we feel this compulsion to keep ourselves and our children busy at all times?
I am a big proponent of downtime for children. I think they need a break from their hectic school schedules. They need to sleep in and recharge their bodies. You know, growing is hard work for the body. It can't be go-go-go all the time. But they also need structure. Kids left to their own devices can have, ummm, unintended consequences, shall we say.
If you go on Pinterest and search “summer activity lists” you will find a million lists with a zillion ideas for summer fun. It ranges from “field trips” to a museum, baseball games, National/state parks..... well, you get the idea. But there are so many fun things to do as a family, at home, after work. Here’s a sampling:
Here’s a couple of links:
And here’s a couple of lists with more adult (but still lots of fun!) activities:
Here’s a cute idea. Write down your favorite activities (the ones that can be done on the spur-of-the-moment) on little pieces of paper. Put all the pieces of paper in a large jar. Whenever you need inspiration for something to do, pull a piece of paper out of the jar and do whatever activity it says.
I think summer planning is essential to maintain your sanity. And there's a balance of providing activities but not so many that you're a crazy mess. A balance of doing stuff without additional stress, that's what summer is about. Balancing being busy with down time. Yes, the kiddos will get bored. But boredom is the mother of creativity. Don't cave into the initial whines about being bored and there’s nothing to do. If you give them the space, they will figure out ways to entertain themselves. Let them be (within reason, of course. Let's not be unsafe.)
Make those lists. Plan your bigger events & activities. Try being spontaneous now and then and just have fun. Having it written down will help keep everyone on board with a slower paced summer (or. at least, on board)
Have a safe & sane rest of the summer.
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