You are researching camps, vacations, art classes, beach days, reading programs and trying to plot them on a master family calendar with surgeon-like precision. If you have more than one kid, good luck!
I’ve been staring at the swim lesson calendar for days now trying to figure out how I can get all three kids of varying swim levels in the same session at the same time. My head hurts!
What happened to the lazy days of summer?
I think I am nearly done with the camp sign-ups, and a family vacation is on the books, but I hope we can also find some summer day inspiration outside the crazy schedule.
Leave it to my friends at National Geographic Kids to deliver me some inspiration.
A few weeks ago, I discovered one of their books, “100 Things To Do Before You Grow Up.”
Truthfully, when it arrived in the mail, I was the one who immediately devoured it from cover to cover to see if I had crossed off all 100. I’ve mentioned before that I am very Type-A, right?!
But my boys, ages nine and seven, were quickly drawn to the book as well. With bold pictures and fun type, each page reveals a new idea, activity or tip!
Some of the activities cost money and others are completely FREE!
A few of my favorites:
Memorize all of he words to your favorite song.
Canoe, kayak, float.
Make an inspiration board.
Make up a scary story, and perfect the art of telling it.
Lie in a hammock.
Host a board game night.
I know my kids will have fun at their camps, and they’ll beg to play their electronic devices, but with a little help and a few ideas, I hope they will also enjoy the pure, simple joys that come with childhood summers.
Water balloon fights, time to imagine and create, and an opportunity to be playful.
After all, summer should be a time when we relax and go with the flow. We often run our household with a tight schedule during the school year because it is necessary. But summer should feel different. We need a break.
Disclosure: I’m a National Geographic Kids Insider, which means I’ll be taking you behind the yellow border of National Geographic for a look at what’s happening for families and kids.
I was provided a complimentary copy of “100 Things To Do Before You Grow Up” but all opinions are my own.