Looking Beyond Survival And Actually Enjoying Summer!

Looking Beyond Survival And Actually Enjoying Summer! 

There has been a lot of talk about how to survive summer with our kids. I’m here to give you some tips about how to actually enjoy the summer with your kids! I can’t promise it will be easy or fun all the time BUT I can give you some real idea’s on how to make the best of it!

1. Chill out 
Spending the day at home with the kids playing in a blow up pool will equal the same amount of fun for them as going to a splash pad! Don’t feel guilty if every day isn’t a big deal. Take it way back to the 80’s – spend some days doing nothing. Having fun in the backyard, riding bikes, playing at the park and maybe going for ice cream. Who am I kidding, with a toddler and a baby – that’s a jam packed day.

2. Dining out 
This genius idea was given to me by my good friend Randi. If you have toddlers and babies you know how chaotic it can be to eat out. These days we go for senior dinners, meaning, we are at the restaurant by 5pm to avoid meltdowns and crying babies. To avoid the stress and chaos try this: Go to the restaurant (patio’s are the best) and order food for the kids and just drinks for you and your partner. Let the kids eat, you have a drink and enjoy being out in a social setting and then order your dinner to go. Go home and put the kids to bed and enjoy a quiet dinner with your partner. You still get to go out, you don’t have to cook and it’s less stressful!

3. Play Dates, Outside!
Plan to meet your friends at the park. Pick up lunch on the way or pack something at home. Bring a blanket and just hang out. Oakville is amazing for this because you can park yourself by the water and you have the best view in town. Plus, it’s a calm environment for babies.

4. Holidays 
We all want to get away in the summer. If for no other reason than a change of scenery! If you are off on Mat Leave you know what I’m saying. Think about what works best for your family. Cottaging is awesome for young families. If you don’t have one of your own, rent one. For a whole week. Let the kids play on the beach and swim and keep it totally low key. Minimal stress for everyone is the best.

5. 80/20 Sleep Rule 
Jamie from Goodnight Sleep Site Halton, teaches us about the 80/20 sleep rule. “80% of the time you protect your child’s naps, bedtime and sleep environment, and 20% of the time you “live life”.  It’s a great reminder that although our kid’s sleep schedules are very important, once in a while we have to bend a little and have some fun!

6. Nostalgia 
I get nostalgic every single summer. Remembering the wonderful summers of my childhood. My mother was a teacher and was off all summer. My sisters and I didn’t go to camp, we went to the cottage or we took road trips. Including a 7 week trip across Canada and the US, all the way to California and back. 2 adults and 3 kids in a Ford Taurus for 7 weeks….. This idea might not be for everyone. Try to think back to your favourite summer memory and take your kids there and make some new memories with them.
 

Sometimes we need a reminder to just let loose and have fun with our kids. My daughters laughter is so contagious it’s hilarious and I often wish I could hear more of it. So this summer, have some fun with your kids! Laugh, stay up late, play your favourite songs, have a dance party or two, eat well, stay out in the sun and swim! Let them run around naked, play board games, and make treasure hunts! Encourage them to play outside by themselves, let them take naps in the fresh air and give them a break from all the technology and they will have the best summer ever and you will have fun too! Ps. don’t forget about the farmers markets – let them sample everything!!
Have a wonderful Summer!

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Heather

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