Are You Making Plans For Summer Fun?

by | Apr 25, 2023 | Family, Tips

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Summer is a fun and exciting time for both children and parents. With school out, kids enjoy more carefree days. But you still go to work and care for your family. So how do you make summer fun and carefree for everyone?

There are several ways to prepare for the summer fun season with your children.

PLAN AHEAD

Create a list of activities and events that you can do with your children during the summer. This might include going to the beach, visiting local parks, attending festivals or concerts, or planning a family vacation. Let everyone contribute. When your kids get to choose the activity, they seem to enjoy it even more.

3 boys in inner tubes floating down a river

Use your list each week to plan for fun outings. Remember, anticipating an event is part of the fun. By having a clear plan in place, you’ll make sure that you’re making the most of your time and creating lasting memories with your children.

ROUTINES

Summer is often seen as a time of relaxation and freedom from the structure of the school year, but routines are still important during this season. Your kids don’t have the same schedule as they do during the school year, so maintaining a routine during the summer provides some structure to their day.

Routines help:

  • maintain a sense of structure and stability during the summer months. Children thrive on routine. A consistent schedule helps them feel more secure and less anxious. This is especially important for younger children who may struggle with transitions or changes in their environment.

 

  • parents manage their time and responsibilities during the summer. With children at home, it’s challenging to balance work, household tasks, and childcare. By having a routine, parents can plan their day more effectively and ensure that they are able to meet the needs of both their children and their work or other obligations.

 

  • your kids stay on track with their academic goals and prevent the “summer slide.” Studies have shown that children who do not engage in any educational activities during the summer experience a decline in their academic skills, which puts them at a disadvantage when they return to school in the fall. By incorporating educational activities into their routine, such as reading or math practice, your kids maintain their academic progress and are better prepared for the upcoming school year.

 

  • develop healthy habits, such as regular exercise and good sleep habits. With more free time during the summer, it’s easy to fall into unhealthy habits such as spending too much time watching TV or playing video games. By incorporating exercise and outdoor activities into their routine, you encourage your kids to stay active and healthy. Additionally, establishing a consistent bedtime routine helps them get the rest they need.

GET OUTDOORS

Summer is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy nature. Take your children to the park, beach, or on a hiking trail to explore and have fun. This encourages them to be physically active and healthy.  

Take your children on nature walks, go for a bike ride, or visit local playgrounds. Encourage your children to explore and play, as this will not only help them stay active but also promote their overall health and well-being. Additionally, spending time in nature has been shown to reduce stress and improve mood, making it a great way to relax and unwind with your family.

4 teens sitting on a blanket, one playing a guitar

ACTIVITIES

It’s important to encourage your children to stay active during the summer months. Consider signing them up for sports camps, dance classes, or other physical activities that they might enjoy. This keeps them busy and helps them develop new skills and interests.

Unstructured time is important too. Try not to overschedule your kids. Some of the best times are pick-up games in the neighborhood.

Plan picnics, movie nights, or game nights, and encourage your children to invite their friends over for playdates. Spend time together as a family, whether it’s by going on a road trip or simply having a family game night at home.

SAFETY

With the hot temperatures and increased time outdoors, it’s crucial to keep your children safe. Ensure that they wear sunscreen and drink plenty of water.

If your children are playing sports or engaging in other physical activities, ensure that they wear appropriate protective gear, such as helmets or knee pads. Additionally, teach your children about the dangers of sunburn and heat stroke, and make sure that they know how to seek help if they start to feel unwell.

HAVE FUN TOGETHER

Remember to have fun with your children and create lasting memories together.

Summer fun is relaxing. Enjoy it by spending quality time with your family. Whether it’s by exploring new places, trying new activities, or simply spending time together, there are countless ways to make the most of this special time of year.

Using these tips, you’ll make the most of your summer and create unforgettable experiences with your family.

 

Are You Making Plans For Summer Fun?

By Dr. Kim Grengs, Ed. D., Parent Coach

 

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