The temperature is rising as the summer season gets in full swing. As we experience heat waves and summer activity stress – you will need to start thinking of fun ideas to keep those kids, as well as the family busy.
We all know summer can be quite demanding with kids – whether they are bored or just continuously seeking entertainment and your attention. For the stay-at-home parent, you’re probably trying your best to discover things to keep your children busy. While those parents who work full-time are trying to juggle family fun with a full work load. Whichever your predicament, here are some ideas to cool your summer stress and keep everyone feeling positive through your summer break.
Children like to stay engaged at all times and they enjoy doing things their parents can applaud. Creating something together is a great way to stay busy while keeping their minds active. Crafts are a positive solution to generate innocent fun that allows everyone involved to get creative. A great start to finding the ideal craft activities can always be found on Pinterest, but here is an article with some pretty cool summer crafts, 62 of them in fact!
If crafts are not your idea of a relaxing summer activity, find something you and your kids can do that peak their individual interests. For example, does your son have a fascination with insects? Go to your local dollar store and pick up some tools he can use to scoop up those specific critters and crawlers he’s been looking for in the backyard. After an enjoyable afternoon of catching a suitable bug, spend the rest of your day finding out more information about the insect together.
Or maybe your kids are a bit older. Find what interests them and let them explore. During the summer months, when they are not bogged down with school projects and extracurricular activities, this is the time for them to uncover their own individual interests. Getting involved with them is a great way to spend the summer months together.
Even though it is hot outside, it is important to keep your children active and off the couch. Design a scavenger hunt for your kids and their friends to complete together. Or look into GeoCaching. Also, asking them to explore historical landmarks around your city can be an inventive way to cultivate their minds while they enjoy a unique summer activity.
What if you are a full time working parent who believes the summer days are slipping away and you are struggling to find a balance between all the extra family time and work? Simply adding game nights or movie nights is ideal to keep your children entertained while you are able to unwind for the night. It’s an effortless activity that can bring your family together and something everyone can look forward to enjoying.
An even better way to unwind? Take a break with your family. These trips are meant to be a stress reliever. Plan a spontaneous vacation and keep it simple. A camping trip is a cost effective, trouble-free approach to get the family out of the house and explore your surroundings together.
In addition to all the fun to be had, the last few summer weeks are the perfect time to focus your children back on the idea of getting into a routine before school commences. Check with your local library to see if there are any back to school programs to help prepare them. For example, at the Oceanside California Library there is a calendar of events filled with art and reading events throughout this month. Also, with a new school year comes another year of more responsibility as they grow and mature. Perhaps you can sit them down and discuss future chores and fashion together a weekly planner.
Don’t let summer break stress you out. These few ideas are methods to keep your kids active, entertained and engaged. Productive ways to spend your extra time together, stress free.
How to do you keep active with your kids in the summer? Share your advice below.
About the blogger:
Angela Caban is an Army National Guard spouse, freelance writer, published author and branding expert. Her husband was one of the many soldiers impacted by the unprecedented activation of the National Guard in 2008. In 2010, she founded the Homefront United Network, a military spouse and family support blog created to assist spouses who do not live near an installation, but also focusing on bridging the gap between National Guard, Reserve and Active Duty spouses. As a branding and digital influencer, she has created content for A&E, Lifetime Network and PBS. She has an extensive background in Human Resources and Communications, with her Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Human Resources. Angela resides in the beautiful Garden State of New Jersey with her husband of 11 years and two children.
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