Oh, the glorious days of summer, with balmy mornings perfect for biking down to the park, hot afternoons spent cooling off by the pool and idyllic evenings of barbecues and catching fireflies.
At least, that’s how we parents may like to think of summer.
Unfortunately, today’s kids are more likely to be found on the couch glued to various electronic devices than out and about in the sunshine.
Take a few simple steps this year to make sure your children have a summer that’s both fun and meaningful.
In all the hustle and bustle and multi-tasking of modern life, it’s easy to put off just hanging out with the kids in favor of “getting everything done”.
Remember, they won’t be little forever; take a step back and spend a day or an afternoon as a family, whether locally or on a short day trip, letting your kids share in the decision of where to go.
Take off for a relaxing day at the beach complete with sand castle building, body surfing and everyone’s favorite picnic foods.
Meander through a local museum, take in an amusement park, meet the denizens of the local zoo or set off on a kid-friendly hike.
It doesn’t have to be an all-day affair; even taking a few hours with your youngster each day to run through the sprinkler, draw chalk pictures on the driveway or lie on a blanket after dinner and look at the stars can make all the difference in your child’s summer.
Stories from friends and siblings often inspire that big step from summer in the neighborhood to the exotic excitement of spending whole weeks …
… with other kids – and no parents – in a lakeside wilderness where hiking, swimming and campfire shenanigans rule.
Take a look at some camps with your child and let them get started on the fine summer tradition of sleepaway camp.
There’s a reason summer reading programs have endured for so long: They really do get kids excited about reading.
Sign your youngsters up at the local library or take a look at the reading list they’ve brought home at the end of school.
Kids’ literature has been booming in recent years, with loads of adults now addicted to young adult books.
Just take a look at recent movies; many are adapted from teen best sellers.
Library reading programs feature exciting activities, prizes and a chance to get together with friends and classmates during the summer.
Read a few of the books yourself and talk with your kids about the characters and plots.
There may be a few more bugs about, but summer is definitely an amazing time to be outside.
Go for a nature hike with your youngsters and have fun identifying animal tracks, flowers and wildlife.
Local nature centers will be sure to have guided hikes and many feature organized summer camps and activities.
Zoos are always a popular option, and many happy memories are made while spending hours in the reptile house or watching the monkeys play.
Immortalize Your Memories
At the end of summer, collect all the photos and create a summer album full of everyone’s favorite memories.
You can make it yourself or create a cool photo book on one of the on-line services like Shutterfly.com.
From delights to disasters, each year’s summer album will become a treasured part of your family’s history.
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If you're considering sending your child to an overnight summer camp, be sure to visit our site to learn about Camp Walt Whitman.
Located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Camp Walt Whitman offers a safe, nurturing environment in a beautiful mountain setting.
Our camp is a coed sleepaway camp, with separate areas for boys and girls.
Camp Walt Whitman 1000 Cape Moonshine Rd Piermont, NH 03779 603-764-5521 email@example.com