We are about halfway into summer vacation, things are getting a little slow and I am starting to feel a little burned out. The newness of sleeping in has worn off and it is getting hot. We still love the pool but it isn’t as new as it used to be. We have a ways to go and I have been thinking about how to best make it through these upcoming weeks of summer vacation.
Sure, we have a few activities planned such as day camp and swim lessons but we also have many weeks where we will have to come up with something else fun to do.
Summer can get to a point where you are just so over summer vacation and long for fall days filled with school, sweaters and Pumpkin lattes. I get to this point every year but right now I still want to enjoy summer. I want to make use of this time with my kids that I normally don’t have. I want to make memories and have a good time. Basically, I don’t want to dread the next few weeks because my kids are out of school. That is no way to live.
As I have been thinking about how to handle the rest of summer vacation with kids, these thoughts came to mind…
1) Planning the right amount of activities. I want to be busy and do a lot but at the same time, doing too much is just not going to work for our family. We need some downtime. With it being as hot as it is, sometimes it is nice just to spend some time in an air-conditioned house relaxing. I get that it can be a hard balance, though, because too much time at home isn’t good either. Don’t worry about FOMO – just do what feels right for your family. Trust me when I say your kids will let you know if they’re getting cabin fever.
2) Trying new things. My 4-year-old is playing a sport this summer. It’s been a lot of fun for him and he is learning new skills. My oldest also went to summer camp which he has never done before. It is great to see my kids learning about something they didn’t already know about. Even if they are a little nervous about it at first, they usually enjoy it and have found something new to love about the summer.
3) Sometimes simple is good. It would be nice to be able to have fun-filled days each and every day, take a few fun vacations and get out and see the world. But it is also nice and perfectly okay to have a simple summer. Activities such as going to the pool and the splash park might be all you need to do with the kids to have a good time.
Don’t ever feel like your kids are missing out just because they aren’t doing a lot of complex activities! Simple can be just as fun and can keep them just as busy, you just have to find the right activity that they enjoy. Sometimes all it takes to jazz up summer vacation are some new pool toys!
But if summer is really starting to get to you, go back to the drawing board and make some new plans.
Remember that it doesn’t last forever and before you know it you will be shopping for school supplies and picking out what they will wear for the first day. Until then, enjoy your time together, make some memories and have a great rest of your summer.
How is summer going for you? What do you do to keep cool? ~ Julie