Recently at Power of Families we had a mom who works outside the home write in asking for suggestions on how to create a fun summer experience for her children. She was concerned that because of her work schedule she wouldn’t have the necessary time to devote to this endeavor. Our Power of Families community is made up of all different types of families, and we believe that regardless of circumstances we can create great lasting memories during the summer months.
Too often we allow guilt to creep into our thinking. We mistakenly believe that if we can’t “do it all” that our families will suffer and our efforts will be lacking. This isn’t the case. With just a little bit of thought and planning each family can truly enjoy a fun summer vacation.
First, understand that summer is meant to give our kids (and us) a break from school and busy schedules. Downtime is necessary for the whole family to rest and recharge for the next year ahead. When we pack every hour of every day with activities and experiences, we will miss out on some much needed relaxation for our bodies and minds.
Second, realize that summer plans or schedules don’t need to be grand or complicated. In her post, The Anti Summer Bucket List Campaign Allison Carter expressed similar sentiments:
“I want a bucket list with just one single item: ENJOY. Then I want to check that one item off every day. And I want to do it without having to plan, organize, drive an hour, purchase a Groupon, map out the week, slather sunscreen every ten minutes, and peel the backs of my legs off my fiery-hot leathery car seat four times a day.”
As parents we too often feel guilty that we can’t do everything. By shifting our thinking and adding some simple planning we can have a great summer vacation.
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Question: What ideas do you have to make summer great with your specific family situation? Share your stories and ideas in the comments below!