Summer is coming, AKA the return of the wildings. Who are the wildings you may ask? Oh no one, just the small, needy humans who demand constant entertainment and 106385930259302 snacks a day, that’s who. School is almost out and they are ready to wreak havoc on your daily schedule, all day, every day, for the rest of the summer… great. We’re not here to scare you by saying all of this; however, we are here to help you cope with any anxiety you may be feeling in regards to summer planning for your small, needy human(s).
Start Planning Early
Begin by setting goals for the summer. Discuss with your children what they would like to do or achieve during the break. Consider their interests, any specific skills they want to develop, or places they want to visit. This will help you prioritize activities and plan accordingly. Begin your summer planning for those littles well in advance to allow yourself ample time to prepare and make arrangements. This will help to alleviate the pressure and give you more control over the situation. Create a schedule or a rough outline of activities, camps, or outings you want to incorporate into the summer. Plan trips, even if it’s just a weekend getaway (and no, we’re not referring to you running away from your kids for a girls weekend, although that may be better).
Maintain a Schedule
Create a daily or weekly schedule that includes consistent wake-up and bedtime routines, meal times, and designated blocks of time for various activities. Having a predictable routine can help children feel more secure and make the transition from school to summer smoother. While a schedule is essential, it's important to be flexible and allow room for spontaneity. Leave some unstructured time for your children to explore their own interests and pursue independent play. Being adaptable to unexpected changes or opportunities can add excitement to the summer.
Getting outside with kids during the summer break is a great way to keep them active, engaged, and connected with nature. Research and plan outdoor excursions in advance. Look for local parks, nature reserves, hiking trails, or beaches that are suitable for children. Explore nearby attractions, zoos, or botanical gardens. Having a destination in mind can make it easier to get everyone motivated and excited. Invite other families or friends to join you for outdoor activities. Organize playdates, picnics, or outdoor games where children can interact, socialize, and have fun together. It adds a social element and makes outdoor time more enjoyable for everyone involved.
Seek Professional Help
Remember, it's natural to feel anxious when planning for the summer with small children, but by implementing these coping strategies, you can minimize anxiety and create an enjoyable and memorable summer for both you and the children. If you find that the anxiety of summer planning for your littles is becoming overwhelming, we’re here to help. Meeting with a professional to ensure you’re getting the help you need will get you feeling more like yourself, especially so you can enjoy life fully and the joys of these warmer months and time off with your children. Visit our website to book a consultation call today.