Now that we’re about half way through summer, you may be starting to hear “I’m bored!”… does that ring a bell? Good heavens, what are we, our kids’ personal social planners? I was recently chatting with a friend about our kids, and how for some reason they think we are responsible for setting them up to do something “amazing and fun” with friends everyday! What happened to playing outside with the kids on the street, riding your bike or skateboarding to the park, or just simply jumping in the pool?
In search of ideas, I found this “Fun Summer Activities Checklist” on the Real Simple website. http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/entertainment/summer-activities-00100000082747/index.html
I love it! I actually pasted it into Word and added a few select activities of my own, then allowed each of my kids to make a checklist of their own, using this one as a guide. Of course I had to set some boundaries or my son would have added a Travel category and expected a 4 day weekend in Rome! All joking aside, I’ve found that my children tend to keep it simple when they feel empowered to be adventurous and “in control” of their time. Along the way, inject some lessons of gratitude… for summer, free-time, ladybugs and butterflies, a sense of adventure, popsicles, whatever! There’s no shortage of things for our children to be grateful for, but as you know, sometimes they need to be reminded:)
Give your kids a chance to be their own social planner and see what they come up with… you may be surprised!