Keep those lines of communication with your kids open- even when it's tough!
Sarah here. All across the country, schools are scrambling to figure out how to safely reopen in the Fall. Unless your kids are going to be doing virtual school or homeschool this year, you likely have at least another month to go before classes resume…whether that’s in the classroom or in your living room. In the meantime, you have a family who is increasingly antsy. Tempers may be flaring, patience may be running thin, and boredom may have set in. While I don’t generally believe in being bored since there are so many things to do, even I get it. Everyone has been at home together for too long. Your kids have probably done a lot of the things they’d normally do for fun. If you have a pool at home, swimming may no longer feel like a novelty. Your little builders may have exhausted their Lego construction ideas. Your readers may have finished their favorite series…for the second time.
Your family also likely doesn’t have access to their typical summertime activities. Camps may have been cancelled or you may not have been comfortable sending your kids, given health concerns in your area. Zoos, theme parks, museums…a lot of typical summer venues may be closed or may not feel like good options. You’ve officially hit the midsummer slump. Now what?
Part of the problem is that you and your family are tired! You may have been a total SOA (Super Over-Achiever) during the school year and in the beginning of the summer- doing educational activities, DIY projects, science experiments, story time and outdoor expeditions. But…it’s hard to sustain that level of motivation, effort and engagement- especially when you have your own stuff going on…like your job, taking care of your home and managing the stress of daily life.
So, if you and your family have hit the summertime slump, we’re here to help you get through it. The following are some ideas for ways to keep sane and keep busy in the coming weeks.
Finally, make sure you and everyone at home gets to enjoy some free time. Even young kids can do art, play or read fairly independently (at least for short amounts of time). It’s important to encourage your kids to entertain themselves. Remember those hobbies I talked about a few weeks ago? Hopefully they have some and so do you, so enjoy them! Regardless of which ideas you try over the coming weeks, remember that you will get through the next month or so. And, even though we don’t know exactly how things will be, school will reconvene in some form or fashion and, at some point, life will be more normal.
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