School is almost out for the summer… Do you feel the need to get your kids into every summer and sports camp?
As the mother of a 10-year-old, there is a frenzy of conversation right now on how best to occupy your children in the summer.
I know I’m feeling the pressure, and so are my clients and friends.
How do we give them an experience? How do we keep them learning and involved?
Whatever happened to going out and playing in a mud puddle?
What if instead of cramming your summer schedule, you just let it be?
This issue really isn’t about your kids – it’s about boundaries, expectations and comparison.
When we compare to what we think we’re supposed to be doing, or assume what everyone else is doing, our plates get so full and busy we don’t take time to enjoy the summer.
If you’re feeling the pressure of summer events, and feel like you’re swimming up stream – just stop.
How about just being this summer? Just going to the lake? Just watching a movie?
As a child, I can remember we would just ride our bikes around the neighborhood.
How can you create creativity? It may not be from another class or camp. Keep it simple – like handing them an old newspaper and scissors (if they’re old enough).
It can be simple and successful.
I hope that you have a summer full of love and no pressure.
And if you need any help with setting those summer boundaries, leave a comment below and we’ll start the conversation.
Thanks for the inspiration! Yes living in a crazy metropolitan area has its pros and cons. So many almost too many things to do with our kids. I’ve been working on scheduling less camps over the years and allowing for more free time. I’m adding these crafts to the ideas for when the kids say I’m bored!
Karen Hudson on
Hi Lynell! So happy to hear these ideas were helpful. Keep me posted on how it goes this summer!
Deidra Wright on
I always send a message to you with no answers
Karen Hudson on
Hi Deidra – what is a question you have? I’m happy to answer it!