Taking Time to Reconnect Over the Summer

June 6th, 2016

“Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” — Kay Redfield Jamison

“If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with [parents].” ~Edgar W. Howe

“If there were no summer vacations to take the children away from school for a few months, the insane asylums would be filled with teachers.” ~Tatiana Guerreiro Ramos

  • Go to the beach – even if it’s overcast and you have to bundle up just to sit by the shore – the family that shivers together stays together!
  • Volunteer – find something your child is interested in and do something as a family
  • Play in the rain
  • Reconnect with nature – go ahead, be a treehugger!
  • Have a family game night, once a week – just not with Cards Against Humanity
  • Do a family movie night – check out commonsensemedia.org to make sure you aren’t about to screen anything inappropriate
  • Build a fort indoors or out – even if the kids protest!
  • Bake cookies and have a lemonade stand
  • Stage a scavenger hunt
  • Make a photo album or a Family Summer journal
  • Have a tricycle race at the park – include yourself!
  • Investigate an ethnic grocery store and make lunch using interesting spices and kid-friendly international recipes
  • Visit a fire station
  • Collect rocks and paint them to use as paperweights or pet rocks
  • Go roller skating / roller blading – be safe!
  • Visit a zoo or aquarium to learn about animals
  • Run through the sprinklers – naked!

Have fun and read read read read read!!!