As a kid, there was nothing better than summer vacation. Riding my bike, going swimming, playing ball, watching movies…it was the best!
When I became a parent, summer turned from lazy days and fun adventures…to panic inducing stress and long nights of anxiously scheduling out the calendar to make sure each day was covered. What am I going to do with the kids for two months? How do I keep them from getting bored and fighting with each other?
It’s only a few days into summer vacation and I’m sure I’m not the only one who is tired of hearing “I’m bored” as you become referee and event planner.
Here are 5 tips, tricks and basically…things to remember or use to help you survive the summer!
#1- It's okay for your kids to be bored!
#2- Make fun, creative, exciting summer goals and track them!
This is a great way to help give your summer a purpose by challenging your family to do everything before the end of summer! It could be as simple as visiting a friend, going to the beach or creative and unique like constructing a backyard obstacle course or creating a scavenger hunt!
#3- Encourage the kids to get active and entertain themselves!
Take a step back from always trying to “keep them busy” or feel pressured to do things with them. Help them tap into their imagination and creativity with a game or challenge. Here is a really cool one I came across called “Adventure Points”, where you make a list of activities and assign points to them…make sure to have an amazing prize or incentive at the end of the week or summer!
#4- Technology can be your friend!
For some reason, we seem to guilt ourselves if we plop the kids down in front of the TV or gaming device…so give yourself a break as it isn’t all that bad!
#5- Be firm with expectations and remind them of consequences...
AND If all else fails, a gentle reminder of alternative summer plans might bring a quick change in attitude…