For some moms, the word summer brings with it a negative tone. Suddenly you have children with no schedule and tons of energy. What do you do to keep them occupied? It’s easier than you think. Here are three tips to help you keep your cool this summer.
1. Have a relaxed atmosphere and attitude.
As a homeschool family, we don’t follow a schedule during the summer but we do try to practice good habits and routines. Structure is important for young children, but having a relaxed schedule allows for more imaginative/creative play.
Some families choose to continue their school year during the summer months and take shorter breaks throughout the year. However you choose to do it, keep in mind that if your kids are on a break then you should be as well. Relax and enjoy some down time with your kids!
2. Fun can be free.
As a family of five, we’re learning that it can cost quite a bit of money to go to major attractions in our area. Annual passes save us a lot of money, but we find that it’s the low cost or no cost activities that bring the most fun and family interaction.
My kids and I sat down today and wrote down our summer bucket list. They gave me suggestions for activities that we could do as a family on the days when the heat is getting to us. Here’s our bucket list:
You don’t have to have a poster board and dry-erase markers to make your list. A piece of scrap paper and pencil will work just fine! Brainstorm with your kids and get your ideas on paper. Writing things down is a commitment to making them happen!
Visit your local chamber of commerce website or Facebook page to find free activities in your area. Our local library has a wonderful summer story time each week along with a summer reading program with prizes for the kids. Fun can be free if you’re willing to do a little research!
3. Live your memories, don’t just document them.
Documenting your children’s summer through photos or videos is important, but should not become your sole focus as a Mom. Yes, you can capture a moment in time that will last forever, but what if you also captured moments by being present and fully engaged with your children?
Instagram is by far my favorite social media outlet. You can scroll for hours through beautiful photos of your friends and the memories they’ve made. Don’t let the only memories you make this summer be made through a camera lens. Put the phone, camera, or video camera down and play with your kids. Take some snapshots along the way for the scrapbook (and make sure you’re in the photos, too) then have some fun. The smiles on their faces will be worth it!
Have a great summer!!