Tuesday July 23, 2019
For those of us with kids, we can often look at summer with a combination of joy and dread. On the one hand, we look forward to being able to kick back, relax a little, and spend more time with our children.
But it also comes with the fear of having to keep them occupied, out of trouble, and not uttering the dreaded phrase, “Mom, I’m bored.”
With that in mind, here’s how you can make the most of your summer vacations so you can keep your sanity while keeping the kids happy and motivated to do more:
- Let the day take you
One of the worst things you can do is over-schedule yourself. Instead, learn how to be more spontaneous. I’ve known moms who’ve scheduled everything for the whole summer right down to the exact minute. The problem is, they can’t really live up to this and by the end of the first week, they feel frustrated because they aren’t staying “on schedule.” Don’t try to plan every day out unrealistically. Get up in the morning and decide what to do that particular day. Sometimes, the best experiences are the unplanned ones.
- Kill your TV…and your smartphone
One of the biggest time wasters in the world is TV and smartphones. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with using these in moderation. But if you and your kids spend every day from morning to night hooked to some form of electronic device, then you’re missing out on so much. (Remember the days when TV shows took a break for the summer? That was because ratings would drop since people didn’t watch TV during the summer. Now, that’s not the case.) Get out into the world and enjoy what is going on around you.
- A little work never killed anyone
A lot of people want the summer to be filled with fun experiences and may shun working. However, cooperating on projects around the house can help make the place look better. It can also help give your children a good work ethic and a sense of accomplishment.
Your local library may have a summer reading program to encourage your children to keep reading. But the reality is that you need to institute time each day for your kids to read. Studies have shown that your child should read 15 minutes a day to stay on grade level. Anything less can lead to a drop in reading level. So, let them pick out a good book and read!
Summer doesn’t just have to involve vegging in front of the TV or playing video games all night. As parents, you can help give your children a summer to remember by having the right attitude and a plan for how to help your family.