With the long summer break from school, it can be a little daunting knowing what you can do with the kids all of the time. There might be a few things that you already have planned. Some kids will have a summer camp or a scout camp. Perhaps you have a family vacation planned or another trip. Even with those things, there is still a lot of time to fill. How can you spend those days, without driving each other crazy?
One of the best things to do is to make a plan. If you just take each day as it comes, everyone might get a little bored. Plus, the chores and tasks of everyday life can get in the way sometimes. So you need to plan out what you will do. Maybe take time once a week, to roughly plan out the following week. Some days will be around the house and doing ‘normal’ things. The house isn’t going to clean itself. But if the kids know what the plan is, they can look forward to doing something the next day, or the day after that. If there isn’t anything in sight for them, they will get bored and restless.
Kids days out are some of the best things that you can do. Getting out of the house and neighborhood is a must some days, right? So think of what isn’t too far away from you and then look into what you can do. Is there a water park or a theme park? Perhaps there is just a large park to play and have lunch. Your kids might like hiking or fishing and spending time in the great outdoors. Whatever they like, just plan something accordingly. Consider your budget, of course. If it is something that would be a special treat for them, have them earn the money to help you pay for it. They will appreciate the time much more and not expect lots off you.
There are still plenty of other things that you can do that don’t have to cost anything. Do your children like to be crafty and creative? If the do, you could set them challenges to create something using some trash boxes or cans. Get the paints out or play doh. They can spend hours with those kinds of thing. You could paint with water outside in the yard or press flowers or make daisy chains. They could even just have a water fight or create a movie. I think lots of kids like to be able to watch themselves back. We probably all have a computer with some basic editing software so it could be put together in no time. What you can do will depend on the ages of your children, but these are all free or low-cost things.
Do your children like to bake? If you don’t want them to have the treats, they could always bake them for neighbors. Getting some kind of service involved in their summer is a great thing to do. Then they don’t just expect to take, take, take. When they give to others, it helps to round them as people.