The heat’s already cranking up, which means that summer is here. If you have a young family, you know the unique challenges that come with caring for little kids. The tantrums, whining and potty emergencies are all difficulties that come with the toddler and preschool ages. However, it’s also a fun age to enjoy, especially in the summer.
Here are some tips and tricks that will help you enjoy a relaxing summer, even with your young kids!
With summer time come different needs and opportunities for play. You can smooth out transitions by making a few stations in and around your home to manage the new routines.
Put together a basket that you can keep by the door which includes sunscreen, insect repellant, hats, sunglasses, and water bottles. This way, any time you head outside, everything you need is ready.
Summer and water play go hand in hand. Keep a bucket outdoors full of water toys like cups, water guns, sieves, funnels, spray bottles, etc.
When you want to read books on a blanket or enjoy a snack outdoors, you’ll need this basket. Keep it close to the door. In the basket, place a picnic blanket, a few board books, and some blocks.
It’s easy to get caught up in the “go, go, go” culture. Don’t feel like you have to take extravagant vacations or make big trips to the zoo or water park on a regular basis. Instead, slow down and enjoy fun in your own home.
When children are young, too much activity can be overwhelming instead of enjoyable. So, plan plenty of down time so that you can play in your own backyard, visit the local library and head to close by parks. Even walks in your own neighborhood and water play outside will be exciting enough for your little ones.
You can also try fun DIY projects like making your own ice cream or popsicles, making your own sprinkler out of a water bottle, and more.
You’ll need some help every once in a while. Make sure you get your break, too! Plan to swap play dates with friends so that you can get a break to relax, run errands or go on a date.
You can also hire a babysitter or nanny a few days a week so that you can take time to slow down this summer too. This will offer you flexibility in your schedule and allow you to explore adult activities such as a wine tasting, summer concert or a date night.
Don’t feel guilty about getting a bit of help. Raising young children requires lots of energy and patience. You have to fill your cup so that you can be the best parent for your kids.
These tips will help you enjoy a fun, relaxing summer. The lazy, hot summer days offer a great chance to slow down and enjoy simple pleasures like the sun, water and cold treats. So, make sure you take the time to do it!
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