Summer is here! Hotter days, longer nights and way more free time for your kids. So, what can you do to help make the summer months memorable? Here are a few totally random, unrelated ideas that might work for your family.
THE SUMMER OF ______________
Consider coming up with a fun tradition or routine that your family does on a consistent basis all summer long, and dub this summer “The Summer of _______” For instance, a few years ago, our family dubbed the summer, “The Summer of Documentaries” and made a commitment to watch one documentary on Netflix every week. A different family member got to pick which documentary we watched from week to week. Here are a few simple ideas: “The Summer of Board Games”, “The Summer of 7-11 Slurpees”, “The Summer of Serving Others”, “The Summer of Surfing” etc.
MANDATORY TIME OUTSIDE
Because studies show that today’s children are spending less and less time outdoors and more and more time online and on screens, summer is the perfect season to turn the tide for a few months. Consider creating a regular rhythm of a healthy mix of indoor and outdoor activities for your children.
ADOPT YOUR BLOCK
As a family, pick three (one per month) days out of the summer that you will proactively do something kind for as many houses on your block as possible. Some examples might be: Go door-to-door delivering popsicles on a hot day, Put an encouraging note under every windshield wiper, have a “free lemonade” stand on a hot Saturday, etc.
As a family, pick a new hobby you’d all like to adopt together and make a commitment to spend time participating in it together. Surfing, craft-booking, baking, art, wood working, biking, etc.
Summer is meant to be lazy, laid back and a welcomed break from the typical hustle and bustle of the school year, and it’s also the perfect time to be a little more intentional with building family memories!