It’s the time of year again, the time when all of the schools are letting out for their summer vacations. Many parents are scratching their heads wondering what in the world they are going to do with their children being home 24/7. I have always enjoyed having my children home for the summer. It gives me more time to spend with them and, simply, to enjoy being with my children. If you are wondering what you can do with your children, here are 5 ways to spend quality time with your children in the summer.
Quality Time Tip #1: Play in the Sprinkler – You may think it’s silly, but silly makes for the best fun you can have with your children. Put on those swim suits and run through the sprinklers with your children. Squeal and laugh when the cold water hits you and see who can get the wettest. Playing in the sprinklers is a great way to spend quality time with your children in the summer, and you can get a little exercise to boot.
Quality Time Tip #2: Wash the Car – Children love to play in water and it does not matter what they are doing while they are playing in the water. That’s why washing the car can be turned into a fantastic family activity. Make sure everyone is dressed in their swimsuits, or at least something that you would not mind getting wet and soapy. Slather on some sunscreen, turn on a portable radio and get started. Spray the car down and don’t forget to spray the children. They will squeal and run and try to wet you in return. There’s nothing better than washing a car on a hot summer day. You will be spending quality time with your children and getting a clean car in the end.
Quality Time Tip #3: Camp Out – You don’t have to pack up a million things and go trudging off into a forest full of bugs and wild creatures in order to camp out with your children. All you have to do is set up a little cheap tent and pretend to be in the forest. You can find simple tents for fairly cheap at stores like Wal-Mart. If you have a backyard firepit you can roast marshmellows, make s’mores, roast hotdogs or simply enjoy watching the fire dance while the sun goes down. Your children may not remember what kind of video games they played when they were little, but they will always rememer those summer evenings that you spent with them “camping out” in the backyard.
Quality Time Tip #4: Grow a Garden – The summer time is the right time for growing a garden. It could be an herb garden, a flower garden or a vegetable garden. It can be a small garden in flower pots or a huge garden out in the backyard. No matter what type of garden it is, you should encourage your children to help you work in the garden. Use this time together to talk about how plants grow from seeds, how they need water and sunlight and how you should keep the garden free of weeds and rubbish. Let your children help you plant the seeds, or seedlings, water the garden and pull the weeds. In the end you will be rewarded with wonderful quality time spent with your children and a great garden bounty.
Quality Time Tip #5: Have a Beach/Pool Day – Having a beach/pool day is a great way to spend a summer day with your children. You can spend the day in the sandbox building sandcastles and pretending to be at the beach. You could load up and go to a local public pool and have a great time swimming and splashing the day away. You could even go to a local national park and spend the day at their lake’s man-made beach. Pack a picnic lunch and don’t forget the sunscreen!
Your child’s summer vacation from school does not have to be filled with you wondering what to do with your days. Just the simple act of being together is a great way to spend quality time with your children. These tips are only a few simple ways to spend this time with your children. There are many other ways to accomplish togetherness with your children, such as going to the park for a picnic, taking them to the playground and sliding down the slides with them, have a movie day with their favorite movies and popcorn and even just spending some time reading together. How you make the most of your days together is up to you. Have fun and enjoy watching your children grow and experience new things everyday.