Enjoy carefree days by ditching the summer schedule
My childhood was full of endless summer days. I never felt bored because I was given the time to explore and learn simply by doing versus structured lessons. Trust me, lessons can be found without you having to become a summer school teacher around your home. My family schedule for the summer will combine the perfect combination of sand, surf and salty air for our souls.
Let Kids be Kids
My daughter doesn’t want to be in and out of the car hurried along from activity to activity. The most stressful days for us are those planned out in block increments. I would love to avoid summer burnout and for my family that means keeping a flexible schedule.
We have selected one must do activity that she loves. For an hour each weekend she will be a true water baby learning water safety and basic swim skills. We started swim classes last year and she was beaming with joy at each lesson.
Take time to look at what makes your child’s heart smile, what activities do they excel at and love. This is where your time should be this summer.
Know your Limits
You can avoid burnout by learning to say no when invitations arrive. The longer I hold onto something I’m more likely to talk myself into going to something I’d rather decline. When I listen to my initial reaction the better I feel overall and the better I’m parenting. It doesn’t help my family if we force ourselves to make an appearance at every potluck, birthday and social gathering on our list. We end up tipping the scale too close to stress and exhaustion and who wants that in the summer.
Keep your Summer Schedule Open
An open and flexible summer schedule allows time for new adventures and experiences. When your day is packed and in a rushed state you may not see that beach cove calling your name.
We shouldn’t have to schedule in time to enjoy nature, to explore a tide pool or bounce around a playground. It makes me sad to think that these childhood experiences are scheduled in for so many in our fast paced society.
Let go of the schedules and breathe in the summer days with your friends and family.