It’s almost here.
So many emotions.
I just, I don’t know…
It’s just such a complicated relationship.
For weeks I have been having bi-polar-menopausal type reactions to the onset of summer vacation. En serio.
One minute I’ll be jumping for joy that the temporary end of pick ups and drops, homework, projects, packing lunches, snacks, backpacks, and additional miscellaneous parental responsibilities are in site. No routine, no rules, lets get wild kids! The world is ours for the taking! Free range play or bust!
And then, like clockwork, the heat flashes.
Days upon days with all.the.kids.at home.with me.all.day.every.day.
No, no, I’m excited.
Really, I am.
I mean, I will be OK… it will be GREAT.
Here’s my plan. Join me.
We’re in this together.
The Summer Survival Plan of Attack
1) MOMMY CAMP. My brilliant/superMom friend has been organizing a week of “Mommy Camp” for the last few summers. One Week, 5 days of easy/affordable activities for parent(s) and their littles. You don’t have to sign up, or commit. She sends the schedule for the week, there’s a point person per day/activity, you can come and go as you please. Activities include: Lake Days, Children’s Theaters, Playgrounds, Museums, Zoos. The best part(s) your kids play with the other kids, you get to catch up/meet new friends, it’s easy, and you get to explore and experience where you live! Make it happen.
2) Always Find Water. Pool, lake, spray parks. It’s hot, your hot, their hot. Water anything. Endless entertainment.
BathingSuites, Towels, Snacks, and for the really littles- the best floaty in the history of the world —>
Stern’s Puddle Jumper (Amazon)
3) Pretend to have your Sh!# together Summer Binder. My children will be like 3 grades ahead of your kids by the end of the summer. Oh yea, you just wait. I am going to Pinterest the summer away with educational activities, reading challenges, and science experiments.
Kids will spend 20-30 minutes “working” and “creating” in their flawless Summer Binders that I made with blood, sweat and tears for them. They will love it, me, and relish in their summer creativity…sigh…. Probably not. But I’m going to try.
Some seriously cute ideas and printables on this creative Mom’s site.
And my littles are most excited about the Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Challenege
4) Let other people entertain them.
I found a great list of stores that offer Kids workshops. Check it out HERE.
Museums, gyms, and indoor play areas usually offer free events and/or open play times.
….and when all else fails, when it’s so hot your sticking to each other….
4) Go to the Movie!
$1 Kids Movies @ Regal Theaters
You can see documentation of my summer anxieties and excitements with oodles of educational/somewhat cute/not so annoying summer ideas on my Summer w. Kids Pinterest Board
Don’t leave me alone with them!
How many weeks until school starts?!