9 Ways You Can Make the Most Out of Your Kids’ Summer Vacation
It’s no secret that mamas are busy. And, we women often struggle to turn our brains off. Most of us are unable to empty our minds and focus on one task at hand.
It’s not a bad thing, though. It gives us the ability to multitask like a boss and complete projects that were interrupted a million times by one thing or another. So, the fact that our minds are incessantly active is a really good thing.
It does, however, make it ten times harder to be present in our kids’ lives—especially during the summertime. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my daughter’s memories to be filled of us hustling and bustling around town from one activity to another as I squeeze in every ounce of work that I can.
While we function the way we do out of love, our kids aren’t thinking about it like that. They want us on the floor playing, adventuring, and learning together. And, to give them this, we have to be more mindful of how we spend our time.
To understand how precious time with our kids truly is during this season, think about it like this: we only have 18 summers with our kids. And, of those 18 summers, we have, on average, 15 weekends.
Wow. Just wow.
So, if we have to work extra hard to be both physically and mentally present with our mini-mes for those few opportunities in their childhood then, by golly, we will. Today, I’m going to help you gear up to do just that and give you nine ideas on how to make the most out of your kids’ summer vacation.
1. Budget your time.
One of the best ways to let yourself be present is to budget time for the things that have to get done before you take any time off. That way, you can get ahead and completely live in the moment with your kids when the time comes.
If you work from home or have errands to run, create a summer schedule that allows you to carve out some time during the week to be productive. Just knowing that the time is there, even if it’s not right now, can help you relax and get on your mini-me’s level.
Go ahead and unplug from that energy drainer of yours (whether it be your cell phone or laptop). And, that goes for the whole family. Whenever your kids are right by your side for some quality time (and not at a summer camp or class), there’s no concern in the back of your mind that the school will call with an emergency.
Give yourself the freedom to set your electronic devices out of sight (and out of mind!) for a reasonable amount of time and allow your family time to be free of distractions.
3. Don’t overschedule.
The school year is often strained enough. Between the school day, practices, and social time, we’re often left feeling like a chauffeur for our kids. That said, summer break should be a time for all members of your family to decompress and slow down. Whether this involves a stress-free family trip to the beach or a quiet staycation is totally up to you!
4. Try something new.
Pick up a new hobby or take your travel tribe to a fun place they’ve never been. Now is the time to go on the hike that you’ve been talking about going on or take a cooking class together. These out-of-the-ordinary activities are sure to create lasting memories for the whole family.
5. Go the beach.
If you ever want to lose track of time, escape to the nearest beach. There’s no such thing as keeping a schedule when your toes are in the sand, the kids are splashing in the waves, and you’re soaking up the sun.
6. Play in your own backyard.
If a vacation isn’t on the books for your travel-loving family this summer, break free of your everyday routine and play tourist around your hometown. Take the kids to a drive-in movie, go on a hike, take a long bike ride, camp in the backyard, visit museums, pick berries, and go to a ball game! Whether you’re working with a small budget or a big one, there are tons of options to have fun this season at home.
7. Let your kids make plans.
Ask your mini-mes what they want to do and have them create a summer bucket list. You probably won’t be surprised to see that Disney made their list. But, you might be pleased to find more budget-friendly options too like a trip to the batting cages, a day at the water park, a picnic, or even learning how to fish.
If you’re a regular on our blog, then you already know how much we love the idea of volunteering as a family. We truly believe that volunteer vacations (or volunteering locally) are a great opportunity for everyone in your travel tribe to work on something as a team—free from distractions. And, when you’re away from home, you gain separation from work (and the kids gain separation from school), making it easier to be present in the moment.
9. Be lazy.
Again, the school year has plenty of structure and routine. Don’t you think? So, instead of getting up and rushing out the door to the next activity, let the kids stay in their jammies until noon. And, make pancakes together and watch goofy cartoons. You’ll be surprised to see how big of an impact this effortless morning has on your kids.
I don’t know about you, but around here, summer break is in full swing. Take advantage of the time you have with your kids while they’re still at home, and gear up to make the most out of your kids’ vacation by following these tips.
And, as always, if a vacation is in your summer plans, but you’re not quite sure where you want to go yet, give your BFFs here at Tripbound a call at 1-888-816-5214. We’ll get you matched with a sweet suite deal that’s perfect for the whole family.
See something we missed? We’re always looking for ways to be more mindful with our mini-mes. Share your favorite nugget of advice in the comments section below so we can hear from you!