I get excited when my kids are officially finished with school for the year. I love having more time for fun stuff, not being rushed, not having to be on a schedule, and love having fewer responsibilities. That lasts for about a week. . . and then this starts (cue whiny voices):
"Why can't I play video games more? My friends all do."
"He's hitting me!"
"No, I didn't! You hit me first!" (Which actually means that yes, he did hit his brother. . .)
But there is a solution! And it is cheaper and easier than you think. This idea originated with Saren Eyre Loosli over at Power of Moms and has been pinned over a million times. Yes, a million--it is that great. The best part is that you can use it summer after summer to create memorable experiences and better relationships.
I hate it when kids waste time. They are welcome to have fun, explore, play, learn new things, etc. But I want their time to be spent meaningfully, not wasted. Additionally, studies show that kids can lose months of what they learned the previous year over the summer!
Enter this Do-It-Yourself Summer Camp kit.
This mom and kid friendly kit does a great job of combining Mom's "must do" list (chores, learning something new, outdoor activities, ect.) with kids' "must do" lists (friends, fun, adventures, etc.) and creates a laid back, yet semi-structured summer full of fun, meaningful experiences and bonding. You can read the official explanation of it here.
And if you want to level up, I love this podcast here, that explains how an intentional father took this framework and added his own twist to it. I have to admit, this was super inspiring to me and I loved it. It was right up my alley.
I hope you'll give it a try. You've got nothing to lose . . . except the whining!
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