Helping Kids When It’s Hard to Say Goodbye to Summer.
Endless summer days, BLTs stacked with Indiana Kitchen bacon, popsicles always at the ready, impromptu slumber parties, swimming and sweet memories. Summer is made of these—and so much more. My kids were built for the lazy days of summer, and with school beginning mid-August, routine and homework are beginning to encroach on their turf during this month. I want to share with you a few tips and tricks I use to help combat the blues before summer fades into homework and early bedtimes.
Summer Scrapbook. Bring those sun-day, fun-day memories back to life anytime. Encourage your children to create a memory book they fill with photos, keepsakes, stickers and other mementos from summer vacation, camp and good times with friends. Those special moments remain magical memories.
Make Dates for Fun. Don’t allow the last week of summer vacation to leave you in the parent-panic mode! Plan on dates throughout summer for fun. Scheduling ahead of time play dates, waterpark adventures or day trips keeps you from cramming them in right before the school bell rings. It also prevents the feeling that summer slipped by, and you missed out on opportunities for fun.
Look Ahead. Saying goodbye to summer means giving a warm welcome to fall. Remind your children that making trips to the apple orchard, savoring a mug of hot chocolate or a bowl of chili and visiting the pumpkin patch are just around the corner.
It’s Not Over. Weekends provide plenty of time for fun. Even though school is back in session, it doesn’t mean the good times must end. Set the example that there’s still fun to be had! The day adults stop having fun, too, is a sad day indeed.