Let’s be honest, although your children are counting down until the last day of school, you’re most likely counting down until the end of summer break! It’s not easy filling in all of those blank spaces when making the transition to the summer,ensuring your kids are engaged and active. In fact, it can be just as exhausting as the running around that ensues during the school year. How do we take a step back, breathe and enjoy the few short months of bliss without feeling like we’re shortchanging our families in return? Before we start stuffing our social agendas with play dates and outings, let’s remember what the summer is all about…relaxation!
Plan a staycation: In other words, schedule a week to just stay put! No entertaining, no extended familial obligations and certainly no working! Enjoy your backyard and plan picnics at the park. Keep it simple and light. You can wake up and decide to stay in your pajamas if you like! It will feel good to take a break from the rat race and endless demanding schedule.
Cook Free Weekend: A lot of us feel like we live in the kitchen. Three meals a day and clean up take up a large percentage of our day. Allow yourself a weekend to explore different restaurants with your family. Not only will it save you quality time during the day – but you’ll receive even more quality time with your family at every meal because it’s being served to you and cleaned up afterwards! The best catching up happens at mealtime so enjoy it!
Carve Out You Time: As mothers and fathers, you’re on the go 24/7. It’s imperative to remember that your general well being is just as important as the little ones you are raising. After all, what good will you be if you’re completely fried! Don’t feel guilty for taking pockets of time to enjoy the simple things like reading in the sun or a solo bike ride for an afternoon. It’s your summer too!
For some reason, society has led us to believe that good parents are constantly active parents. However, it’s okay to let your kids take the reigns for a bit and simply follow their lead. Summer is short and sweet so it’s important to come together as a family and re-connect but at the same time it’s okay to check out a little bit for some time of your own. Try to be balanced, try to slow down and try to remember how the simple things in life are usually the most fun!