Summer is here. Everybody loves the sun, the general happiness in the air and the short breaks from work (hopefully). However, what you may not love is the task of keeping your kids tamed over their seemingly endless time off school. You don’t have the energy to come up with new and exciting ideas every day of the week for a couple of months. Still, there’s more to do than meets the eye, and you don’t need to put as much time, money or energy into thinking of exciting activities as you might think. Here are some tips for keeping the kids tame this summer.
Perhaps you don’t have the funds to take your kids out to water parks every single day of summer, and I don’t think many people would. Still, that doesn’t mean you have to deal with grumpy and bored children stomping around the house in a flustered state every day that you’re not out there and doing something.
There are plenty of fun things that your children could be doing at home, such as building a den in the garden and inviting friends over to play. You could have picnics for lunch, get out the water slide on sunny days or encourage your little ones to bounce on the trampoline. The house doesn’t have to be a boring or stressful place for either you or your kids.
A family camping trip.
When it comes to summer holidays, you don’t always have to jet off to some sunny seaside resort in Europe. A trip or a holiday can be so much more than that, and you don’t even have to leave the country. The beauty of a family camping trip is that it’s a chance for everyone to bond and get stuck in with the rawness of nature as much as it is a holiday in the sense that you’re all taking a break from the real world.
A camping holiday is a chance for your children to learn new things. You could get firewood from sustainable British Woodland, for example, and teach your kids how to make a campfire. Of course, if you don’t know how to make one, then maybe you should learn before you go; nobody wants to be sitting around with cold marshmallows on sticks. This is a chance to have fun putting up a tent, as well; you should go ‘old school’, rather than the simple pop-up tents, in order to have fun with your children and teach them something as you set it up.
Meals in the back garden.
The sun’s finally out, and everyone’s losing their minds. This is the perfect time of year at which to lay the dining table in your back garden and have an outdoor meal in the fading light of a glorious day as a warm summer’s breeze drifts over you. Summer almost means barbeques galore, and there’s no way your children will have any complaints about that idea. You can light a fire afterwards and play some evening games to pass the time. There’s really no wrong way to have fun in the sun this summer; the key is simply to be doing something with your kids.
Clubs and other activities.
It’s important for your kids to be socialising with their peers, as they might start to get a little sick of just spending time with mum and dad every day. The best way to keep them happy and active is to sign them up for some sort of sports course or other form of fun summer club. They’ll be around kids their own age, and they’ll be having fun. It’s a win-win situation for everyone, as you can sneak in a few hours of relaxing in the sun with a book here and there.