Our little wonders. We love them so much, we sometimes feel like our heart is overflowing. Other times, we feel like we’re on the verge of going crazy. Sleep? What is that? Remember before becoming parents, when we would complain about being tired?
Now that school’s out for the summer, we have to get extra creative. What can we do to entertain them? How can we keep them busy and at the same time keep them learning and developing into wonderful little beings?
There’s a meme that says that cleaning your home while having small children is the same as brushing your teeth while eating Oreos. Depending on your child’s age, there might not be much you can do about this other than sigh and plow through. But if they’re over 2 years old, there are several age appropriate chores they can do.
You’d be surprised at the amount of children who get excited to help doing dishes or wiping windows. And if they hate it? Learning how to clean up after themselves is something they should be learning how to do anyway, so making it a condition precedent for doing something fun later on will have to do the trick.
Kids have all sorts of tech gadgets around them: TV, tablets, their parents’ phones… Studies have shown that overexposing children to so much screen time is linked to a slower development. Make it a priority to read to them, or every now and then go to story time at your local library, or to a bookstore, and let them pick out a book on their own.
This one is one of the easiest ones, because you can either take them to a park to do it, or you can stay at home and play in your backyard.
Educational Summer Camps:
Have you heard of Project Based Learning? Stop the summer slide by finding creative ways to engage your child in the wonders of learning through exploration. Choose a theme based topic that interest your child and dive deep into those subjects. For example, if your child loves dinosaurs, venture into the world of paleontology and create your own dig, measuring and charting your finds. Depending on your hometown, there are summer camps and day events structured to keep up the academic progresses in a fun and exciting way. For more inspiration, check out my school’s site at LutzLearning/summer.
Few things are as fulfilling as being able to brighten someone else’s day. Open up a lemonade stand and register it with Alex’s Lemonade Stand and use the money for research on how to fight cancer in children, pick out books to donate to a children literacy programs, write letters or draw pictures to deployed veterans. Habitat for Humanity has volunteer opportunities for children as young as five.
When all else fails, pop Frozen into that DVD/Blue Ray player, and just let it go. They’ll only be kids once, and then you’ll be an empty nester wishing for a few more moments with them as children.
To their success, always,