5 Ways to Slow Things Down With Your Kids for the Summer
It’s no secret that time goes by entirely too fast. The older we grow, the shorter life seems to become. Then, when you add kids into the mix, time seems to function at warp speed.
I mean, how many times do you look back at baby photos of your mini-mes and feel like it was just yesterday? It’s totally cliche, yet that doesn’t change the fact that all of us mamas do it. Our littles are always changing and growing, and we can’t help but miss that earlier phase when they would let us hold them, or they were fascinated by everything we did.
But, time doesn’t let us go back. It doesn’t stop for us. And, it definitely doesn’t slow down. So, we have to make the most of time as it happens. And, even though we haven’t figured out how to stop it in its tracks (if you have, please share!), we have figured out a few tricks to slow things down this summer.
This cherished season will be over before you know it, and you can’t get back the time or the memories you could’ve made! So, let’s focus on reducing the speed of everyday life, shall we?
1. Forget the schedule.
Don’t fill your day with activities that make you and your mini-mes rush around town. The rest of the year ends up being filled to the brim with must-dos, school, and extracurricular schedules, so leave your summer days free of too much structure.
Try waking up and spontaneously planning the day over breakfast. See what fun things your kiddos want to do and choose things together!
2. Avoid time fillers.
You’ve heard it a million times. Set your family free from distractions by putting away your electronic devices. But, Fast Company shares another reason to unplug.
In 7 Ways To Slow Summer Down, it mentions that “watching TV or cruising social media are both very pleasant ways to fill a few hours. They are so pleasant, in fact, that the majority of American leisure time is spent in front of screens. But if you’re trying to slow time down, you don’t want to divert your attention from time’s passing. Instead of turning on the TV from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., go outside and watch the sunset and then stare at the stars.”
All that said, turn off the TV, the iPhone, iPad—whatever your kids’ current favorite electronic device may be—and encourage them to step outside the digital world and create their own entertainment with their siblings and friends. More on this next!
3. Go ahead and play.
You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to entertain your kids. Just play with them. And, if you need some ideas, we’ve got a few to share:
Go to the playground. Pretend the ground is lava and find safety on the jungle gym or swing together. If you haven’t sat on a swing in a while, you’ll probably be surprised to realize how quickly you feel like a kid again yourself.
Catch fireflies. Instead of winding down your evening in front of the TV, take the kids outside when the sun goes down to catch fireflies. Grab a mason jar and see how many you can catch!
Play hide and seek. Nothing’s off limits. Start a full-fledged indoor or outdoor game of hide and seek. Such a great, simple activity to enjoy no matter the weather!
Go swimming. Don’t just take the kids to the pool and supervise from the sidelines. Hop in with them and start a game of marco polo or initiate a noodle war.
Camp in the backyard. Feed your family’s outdoor enthusiasm with a campout in the backyard. Enjoy an evening of roasting marshmallows and treating yourself to s’mores around the fire. Then, snuggle into the tent as a whole family to count the stars.
Play a board game. Whether it’s a rainy day or you’re looking for a fun way to spend the evening, kick off a game of Monopoly. Stay up late to see who wins or push pause and draw it into the next day.
4. Try something new.
Doing something that the kids have never done before is a sure-fire way to create lasting memories.
Dabble in the arts and sign up for a class with your mini-mes. Try your hand at painting, drawing, or pottery. You never know if your kiddos, or even you, have a hidden talent in the art department unless you try it out. Plus, it’s such a fun opportunity to learn something alongside your kids.
5. Take a vacation.
Make the most of your downtime and plan the perfect family getaway. Taking a vacation is a great way to remove your travel-loving family from their normal routine and set aside time to simply be together.
Head to a beach in South Carolina where you can forget time altogether and build sand castles. Spend a quiet week in Montana where your family of outdoor enthusiasts can hike, swim, and bike. Or, if your travel tribe enjoys sightseeing, venture to New York and experience a new culture.
We’re all going to blink and summer will be over before we know it! So, don’t spend it dwelling on the fact that, next summer, your kiddo will be graduating kindergarten or heading into high school. Instead, shift your focus—take a step back and live every day this season to the fullest!
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Have you found a way to slow the days down at your house while school’s out? Please share with us in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you!