When school’s out for the summer, many parents feel a combination of relief and stress at the idea of their kids being home with them for the next few months. While it can be exciting to get to spend more quality time with your little ones while you still can, there’s also this pressure to make the most of this time and give your kids a great experience.
If this is a balance that you’ve been struggling with this year, here are three ways you can give your kids a great summer break.
Plan By The Week Rather Than The Day
On some days, the summer break might seem incredibly long. And on other days, it might feel like there’s not enough time to do everything you want.
One way to overcome both of these extremes is to try to plan your summer by the week as opposed to by the day. While you can write things into your calendar that are going to be set in stone, like when you’re having maintenance done on your air conditioner or when you’ll have visitors in from out of town, planning by the weeky can give you a better overall view of your summer break and help you have a little more flexibility in your schedule. This way, you’ll be able to plan out some things you want to do this summer while also giving yourself the chance to switch things up when other plans get made.
Try New Things
As part of your weekly plans to help your kids have a great summer break, you may want to spend some time trying new things with your kids.
The summer is a great time to explore new areas of your city with your kids, try new foods that you haven’t eaten before, learn something new about a subject that interests your kids, and develop new skills that can stick with them long after the summer is over. Something your kids are doing or experiencing for the first time will have a great chance of being memorable for them.
Do Something Memorable
While the small, everyday things you do with your kids over the summer break can be memorable, if you’re really wanting to cement this time you have together in the minds and hearts of your kids, picking one really memorable thing is a great way to go.
Depending on your family and your kids, the thing you pick to be memorable will vary. Some things you might want to consider could be taking a day trip to a place they love, going on a family vacation, having a Yes Day, doing weekly family movie nights, and much more.
If you want to help your kids have the best summer break ever, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you accomplish this goal.