The Summertime Blues

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There’s something magical about summertime. The hustle bustle of regular school schedules subsides to staying up late and sleeping in. There’s freedom to travel, whether it’s going on a fun vacation, visiting family or doing a bit of both.

But I also find that there’s so much to love about summer, there are downsides too, like my kids wanting to be couch potatoes with a screen in front of them all day, every day because it’s so hot outside. I’ve also noticed that because my kids want to be lazy, sometimes their obedience and sense of responsibility gets lazy too.

Additionally, in our school district in Arizona, we only have eight weeks off, so we must cram in our travel, camps and kids’ activities into a short amount of time. While we get a reprieve from homework and school programs, the mom taxi is still running at full capacity. With so much going on, it’s a perfect recipe for parents and kids to get a case of the summertime blues.

Here are few ideas we can implement to relieve our summertime blues:

  • Have quiet time: I tried this earlier in the week with my kids. I took away all screens and told them to play in their rooms or read quietly. They both ended up taking a two-hour nap! Our minds and our bodies need quiet time to heal and recharge. This goes for mom and dad too!
  • Schedule some free days: Make time on the calendar for doing nothing. Winnie the Pooh says, “Doing nothing often leads to the very best sort of something.” I agree! Doing nothing can lead to spontaneity, rest, or fun that wouldn’t have happened otherwise.
  • Remember the rules: Because we want our kids to have a fun summer, sometimes we can get soft on enforcing the rules. Kids can get confused about what’s expected of them if we’re not consistent. The summer can still be fun and fancy-free, but let’s not let discipline, obedience and respect fall to the wayside.
  • Schedule a kid-free getaway: Parents need a summer vacation too! Vacationing as a family is fun, but it can be stressful with packing, sibling spats, and traveling all together. Find some time for you and your spouse to get away just the two of you for some connection, rest, and relaxation.
  • Reframe your perspective: I recently saw an image of this quote on Instagram by Jessica Scott, “We get 18 delicious summers with our children. This is one of your 18. If that’s not perspective, I don’t know what is.”

Remember that although the summer days can be long, the years with kids go by so quickly Use these summer days to connect with them and make great memories.

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