By Natalie Wilson:
During the summer holidays, it’s easy to become quickly overwhelmed with keeping your children busy and entertained so that they never complain of boredom. If you adopt the right mindset, summer can be a time for relaxation and rest.
Un-Schedule Your Summer
Pressure from school is over and our busy schedules can become considerably lighter, so why shouldn’t this time be used to refresh and relax, especially if you feel overwhelmedfrom the school term.With this time, you and your family should take part in activities that you all want to experience in order to spend some quality time together. With that in mind, here are some ways that you can make the most of your quality family time this summer.
As well as enjoying the summer weather, another great thing to do is to simply unschedule yourselves. When school is in session, running from one club to another can be the norm, but clubs tend to stop during the holidays. Many parents and caregiversfeel as though they need to fill these gaps with other activities to keep children occupied: this can burn kids out pretty quickly.
One way to make the most out of your time this summer is simply to take a break from your usually scheduled calendar. Whilst there are still some things that need to be regimented, you can step away from your calendar for the 6-8 weeks that the kids are off school and just chill out until the busy autumn term returns.
When it comes to cookingduring the school term, people may develop a habit of relying on convenience and fast foods so they can juggle this chore as they carry out the rest of their commitments. However, summer is the perfect time to encourage kids to help out in the kitchen, and get more involved with cooking and learn new cooking or baking techniques.
Why not sit together, go through recipe books and magazines to find recipes that you’ll all enjoy, and make a recipe book, then vow to cook everything in there before heading back to school. Summer is one of the best times of year for fresh produce, so trips to local farm stores or even the supermarket can be fun and educational.
Go Back to Basics
Just 10 years or so ago, summer holidays meant that kids played outside for most of the day, riding their bikes or playing with friends. Now, in this tech age, it is so easy to become caught up in technology, with phones, tablets and games consoles taking over. These electronics are a great way to stay connected, but they are also highly distracting and children can become attached to these devicesover time. Make the most of the summer weather by spending time recharging your own batteries with simple outdoor activities. Trips to the park, picnics and simply going for a walk can give you time to chat with one another and enjoy being outdoors and away from the confines of your home.
Do Something New
Thanks to the confines of a busy day, when we do have free time, we often can find ourselves stuck in a cycle of doing the same things such as watching tv or going out for a meal. During summer, the sense of time changes and the scopeof activities increases to include pursuits usually relegated to weekends; so use the time and opportunities todo something new. Get out the girls’ designer dressesor the boys’ shirts and pants, and head out for an evening at the theatre, or spend the day volunteering at a local animal shelter — anything you haven’t done before!
Natalie Wilson is a freelance writer with a particular focus on sustainability and eco-friendly living. Whether you’re looking for a new meditation method or some facts on plastic pollution, she’s your girl! When not writing, Natalie can be found heading to the gym or walking her dog. You can connect with her on Twitter @NatWilson976.