Do you want to make the most out of this summer?
I’ve heard from many parents who are still navigating 2020 traumas. Some have kept strict limitations on the number of loved ones they feel comfortable getting childcare help from. Some are caught in the big question, “to mask or not to mask?” And many, many others feel the drain of racial unrest and are navigating how to contribute and receive emotional support with all that continues to unfold.
If you’re wondering whether it’s appropriate to be thinking about FUN this summer allow me to encourage you...yes.
Kids and adults ALL need to rest their minds and hearts in simpler things like play, easy connections, and time outside.
Rest helps us become resilient to life’s stressors and integrate the lessons from these experiences so we can interact in ways that are calm, compassionate, and meaningful.
If you want to thoughtfully make the most out of summer I suggest considering these questions:
- “How do I want to feel at the end of summer? How do I want my kids to feel?”
- What can we DO that would allow us to feel this way?
- What can we STOP DOING that would allow us to feel this way?
- What can we celebrate we have already done….and maybe do more of?
When you clarify your end-goal it gives your mind “bumpers” (like in a bowling alley) so you generally move in a positive forward direction. It helps you spend less time in the mind “gutter,” worrying about the start of school and whatever that will look like.
Involve your kids in this process. Kids love collaboration and it’ll be easier on you to generate a list TOGETHER. Hang this list somewhere where everyone can see it regularly and be reminded of these activities/goals.
TIP: Look at old summer photos to stimulate conversation. Circle back to include the “oldies but goodies.”
Permission to enjoy summer? Granted.
Build and deepen family bonds with conversation on important life topics (age-appropriately!) AND play, rest, and go have some plain ol’ fun too!
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