You know that it’s summer when you wake up to the sun’s rays streaming through your window every morning. You’re not complaining though. Getting up early on these warmer days gives you more time to enjoy the summer with family and friends. The kids are now on summer break, and it’s up to you to find activities for them to occupy their time in a worthwhile way rather than just spending their days sitting in front of the television getting to grips with their new Nintendo Switch. It’s only a few weeks in, and already they are saying that they’re bored and moping around the house. The sun is shining, the garden is in full bloom, and you are trying to enthuse your little darlings with your activity ideas, but it doesn’t seem to be working. Take a look at these surefire ways to get your kids up and out of the house while at the same time ensuring that you’ll be spending as much of the summer as possible hanging out together as a family.
Go On Vacation
There is no better season to embark on your annual family vacation than the summer. The kids have just finished school and the first six months of the year have felt like a really hard slog. You need to reward yourselves and get planning your dream vacation. There are so many options to choose from when it comes to a family holiday that it’s best to consider a few different factors. Think about your budget, travel options, vacation length, and destination.
Your kids may be eager to spend three weeks island hopping in the Mediterranean while hiring out your very own super yacht and private chef, but you might not quite have the budget to stretch that far. Your husband may be keen on a relaxing jaunt to the countryside with his days spent hiking, spotting wildlife and enjoying the stunning vistas while shipping the kids off to summer camp. You, on the other hand, don’t care all that much as long as meals are taken care of and you get to spend quality time together as a family. It can be a tricky balancing act trying to cater for everyone’s needs and wants especially as your kids begin to grow up. Dedicate some time to discussing your options as a family. Compromise is the order of the day. After your informal family meeting, you may decide on a vacation to a national park for your husband, with access to the coast for the kids and with a dazzling selection of restaurants on your doorstep for you.
Utilize Your Back Garden
If the kids are home bunnies and love your company, get outside. Remember when you purchased your property because of its large mature garden? Summer is the optimum time to use it. Slap on the sunscreen, put on the stereo and enjoy the space. You could cook lunch together, have picnics on the lawn and relax.
With your culinary skills and hosting abilities, you may want to invite the neighbors around for a get-together. Get the kids involved and ask them to help you plan the gathering. With the best charcoal grill that you can purchase for your budget, fire up the barbeque and get designing your summer menu. A great barbeque is one of the most fun ways to socialize with friends and family. You could get the kids to create some marinades for your steak or shrimp and prepare some light, simple salads as accompaniments to your burgers and hotdogs. Cooking with the kids allows you to strengthen your bond and enjoy working on a common goal: to put on the best barbeque party your neighborhood has ever experienced.
Mingle With Other Parents And Kids In The Neighborhood
Imagine the scene: Hundred of kids in neighboring houses glued to their television screens while their parents are imploring them to go outside and play in the sunshine. It only takes one parent to have a breakthrough with their child to shatter this image. As soon as one kid goes outside and draws a chalk picture on the path or starts playing hopscotch on the sidewalk, others soon follow.
Get together with the other parents and organize outdoor play dates. Water fights are a great way of uniting parents against children and acts as the ultimate summer team sport. Ensure you go to your local DIY, craft or thrift store and get hold of some water balloons. Venture into the garage or the shed and root through the junk to find the water pistols and buckets that haven’t seen the light of day since last summer. Distribute the ammunition evenly and then enjoy your afternoon cooling off in the sun with a refreshing and fun water fight.
If your kids love art, getting messy and being creative, get outside and do a mammoth art and design project with them. Could you create a mural on a wall in your garden together? Or perhaps you could get your kids to make some stunt kites? Either way, you are getting your kids outside in the fresh air, away from the television and using the creative minds in a worthwhile way. With the mural, you could add to it every summer, seeing it develop over the years into a summer family ritual. Whatever you choose to create in your garden with your kids, make it fun and relaxed. The next morning when they wake up, they’ll be banging on your door pleading with you to set up the art stuff. No more television, Facebook, and Xbox for the summer.
Summer is the season to kick back and relax a little. Enjoy spending time with your kids before they embark on a new school year and inject a little bit of fun into the summer season. Before you know it, you’ll be looking back on the most enjoyable couple of months and aching for the summer season to swing around again.