This post is really dedicated to those of you have younger children. Some of them could be translated or tweaked to work with older children or even yourselves. A lot of these tips I got from a friend of a friend.
Set up a pad of paper and markers, pens and pencils right by the door. When you get back from an excursion or outing have the kids jot down or draw pictures of the things they did or saw or funny inside jokes. This makes a great summer journal of sorts that the family can look back on and remember.
Every day right after breakfast have the kids make their own sack lunches. Maybe one day a week or every two weeks have the kids go grocery shopping with you to pick out healthy, easy foods to pack in lunch sacks. After they make their sack lunches they can stick them in the fridge for later, and if you spontaneously decide to go on an outing you simply grab lunch and go with out having to eat out or worry about what’s for lunch.
At the start of summer or right this very minute start a list. Have a little planning session where every one gets a chance to say what things they would like to do this summer. Swimming, fishing, museums, water balloon fight, sleep under the stars, etc. Check the local paper for free or cheap things to do – concerts, outdoor movie viewings, nature walks, crafty classes.
Assign chores or tasks (those things that you find yourself doing over and over) that the kids can do, and make the point that if EVERYONE works hard for a short time, then EVERYONE (this includes you mom) gets to play hard too!
Help your kids find a “secret” spot where they can go for some down time with a book or legos or something. The friend of a friend planted a pole bean fort with bamboo stakes and pole beans. It’s probably too late for this now at least where summer is in full swing. But you could do this by hanging blankets somewhere or creating a quiet spot in the yard with a little chair and table or whatever.
So, these are just a few ideas. I would love to hear more, especially things for older kids. I’m hoping that by being a little intentional about our time the summer won’t slip away from us and disappear.
I ran across this when I was looking for photos for the furniture redo pool and just think this is the greatest idea ever for those of you with little lads and lasses. A play kitchen made from an entertainment center.
Heather from Simple Daisy gave me an award. Thank you so much for honoring me! You should go check out her jewelry, it’s stunning! I’m never good at passing these on because it would be impossible for me to narrow it down.