Summer time is an amazing time of year. Even if you aren’t drawn to the heat, it is a wonderful time to create memories and bond with your child and/or children. The kids are out of school, the weather is (usually) sunny and warm and it opens up so much more opportunities!
Do you remember campfires, camping, fishing, and hiking with your family? Do you remember going to the pool, backyard tent camping, tubing, and theme parks? These experiences happen during summer and now it’s time to create memories with your minis. Even if you’re not overly athletic or outdoorsy here are some fun memories you can try out for yourself.
It can be as simple as going outside in the backyard to play pirates or ninjas. You can go on a bug hunt or create “rock stew” concoctions with dirt and grass and never leave your house. In my house we travel but we also create a lot of memories right in our own backyard.
Americans have had it ingrained into ourselves that we always have to be busy. We’re obsessed with the idea of having the perfect summer yet we may be missing the little moments. I know that one of my best summer memories is of a popsicle in one hand and crafts all sprawled out on the table.
I want my children to look back and remember at least some of the small things that we did together. Doing these things will give them a good grounding and make them more appreciative when times are more exciting. If you’re constantly going, going then the exciting times could end up being bland.
I want them to have happy memories of our summers together and have them be full of adventure and connections. I want them to see that even their mom and dad are willing to learn and try new things. I want them to interact with their community, with the outside world, as well as with themselves and our family. To an extent, isn’t this what we all want with our children?
The idea of entertaining your child during the summer months may seem daunting. To be in charge of entertaining someone under 5 really is a full-time job! No matter what activity you choose, children are going to remember your presence. They may not remember exactly what you did that Tuesday in June, but they will remember that you were there. They’re only little once!
~Ms. Aleyana S.
Lead School Age Teacher