When we are looking for a perfect summer, we can separate parents into two types. There are those kinds of parents who count down the days until summer vacation with joy and sweet anticipation until they can spend ALL day and night with their children free of schedules and commitments. And then there are those who count down the days until summer in fear and anxiety because they love their babies but go crazy finding ways to keep everyone happy and entertained. But no matter what kind of parent you are, fear not, you too can have a perfect summer with your kids and create memories that will last a lifetime.
When the stars align, summer vacation can be an incredibly happy, adventure-filled, and enriching time for children, providing memories for a lifetime. Those experiences are precious, studies show that playing outside, in contact with nature, and sunbathing a little (but not too much) can significantly benefit the physical and mental health of children.
But summer vacation is not a universally positive experience. For some, it leads to an educational setback known as ‘ summer learning loss ‘. This loss affects most disadvantaged children who do not have access to the same stimulating summer activities, such as reading, traveling or visiting museums.
What can parents today do to keep their little ones entertained and learning during this potentially stressful time? Here are some ideas that we have compiled for you:
Hone skills or learn new languages
During summer vacation, you can help your kids develop new skills or hone skills that will give them an edge over others later on.
Children must develop good communication skills and improve their language in the mother tongue; they can also learn new languages. You can also develop their technology skills and enhance problem solving.
Find good books to read
You can improve your reading skills by helping to develop the habit of reading. This factor plays an important role and helps your children to develop intellectually, culturally and emotionally.
It also helps them improve language / vocabulary skills and gives them exposure to new ideas or concepts. Therefore, parents should encourage children to make friends with books and also help them choose good books to read.
Participate in outdoor activities with your children
The summer holidays are the best time for your children to develop healthy habits. Parents must help their children make the necessary changes in their lifestyle to stay healthy and fit. They must add some physical exercises to their daily routine to keep fit.
Being outside in nature is also important. Parents can join their children in trying fun outdoor activities together to encourage them to spend time outside.
Make your way to a fun summer
It is difficult to choose the right hobby during regular school days. Summer vacations are great for cultivating a new hobby or exploring a passion for new things and activities. Have you thought about buying an inflatable pool ? Or enroll your child in an after-school class? There is everything from pottery and gardening, to dancing and music, crafts and cooking, there is always something for everyone. Better yet, sign up for a class that you can attend with your child.
I know that with all this covid it can be difficult to attend or find a class of this type, do not worry if you can not find a class in which your children are interested or there is availability. There are an inordinate number of options on the Internet, just use some online tutorials to have fun at home, or use online platforms to download labels to print or communion labels to print
Taking an interest in an activity beyond the school curriculum can enrich your child’s perspective. Some hobbies can continue with your child even when they go back to school. A perfect , productive and fun summer at the same time? Where to sign?