The summer break, a time where kids are out of school and routines generally are more flexible, usually brings out high hopes for fun and adventure for your children. However, their expectations can sometimes result in boredom and wasted hours spent at home. This disappointment can often be met with behavior issues that can affect each and every relationship within your family. While this is often the case, your summer break doesn’t have to be like this. To enjoy a summer break that makes you excited to spend time with your kids, here are three ideas you can employ to make this your family’s best summer ever.
When the weather’s nice, there’s nothing better than getting outside and enjoying the fresh air and sun with your family. According to Allyson Hepp, a contributor for Care.com, playing outside has many benefits for children, including improving their vision, reducing stress, and increasing their vitamin D intake. So whether you spend the afternoon swimming at your local pool or at the park climbing your favorite Magnolia trees, any time you spend outside with your kids during the summer months will prove to be great for both their physical and mental health. And for added benefits, consider alternating the outdoor activities you participate in to truly give your kids some variety this summer.
Structure and Schedule
Without at least a flexible schedule during the summer break, your kids may find it hard to make it all the way to school starting back up in the fall. And although lazy days may seem like a nice reprieve now, they will quickly become a bane to both you and your children. According to Erin Schlicher, a contributor to EmpoweringParents.com, any change in schedule or lack of familiar structure can throw your kids very off balance. When this happens, you may find that your child suffers from emotional problems or otherwise acts out. The best way to keep this from happening is to set some kind of schedule for your kids, regardless of their age. This will help them to best cope with all the changes a summer break can bring.
Find Some Friends
If your child is in school, they likely get a decent amount of socialization with their classmates during the week. But once the summer break hits, your child’s decreasing interaction with kids their own age can have a major impact on them. To continue working with your children on their social skills like problem solving and conversing, as stated by Kathy Preusse, a contributor to EarlyChildhoodNew.com, try to help your child find some friends his or her age that they can play with during the day. This will allow for your child to become better socialized as well as give you some time to take for yourself and accomplish any tasks or chores you may need to complete.
All parents want their child’s summer break to be something they look back on with fondness. To ensure this happens, use the tips mentioned above to make this summer your child’s most enjoyable yet.