Are you sighing a deep sigh of relief, feeling the shift of energy - summer slowdown? Or are you scurrying around trying to fit everything in?
On the one hand, you remember those lazy, hazy crazy days of summer - spent outside, not really scheduled, pretty much unsupervised, barely staying out of trouble. And look back on them with fondness. They were a period of great growth (more on that later). Carefree is the word that comes to mind.
On the other hand, you worry - you worry for your child's safety, you worry about his grades, you worry about being and doing "enough", you worry about your responsibilities at work, you worry about the "Summer Slide" (the considerable loss of academics that happens in the 9 weeks or so off from school), and the worry list goes on and on and on...
And, now, here we are at this first full day of summer. And it's your job to have it all figured out' find that perfect balance. "Carefree" seems an impossibility.
You can have your best summer ever no matter what by following these 5 simple steps:
Let Go. Let go of the shoulda's and coulda's, let go of the what ifs, and the not good enoughs.
Savor The Moments... Don't worry about what's happening next, tomorrow, or whenever. Enjoy the time you're spending together right now.
Breathe Deep. Deep breathes will calm you down, center you, and bring you back to what's important.
Enjoy Each Other. Remember 3 things you love about your kid whenever you look at her. Or 3 things that make you smile.
Read. Read to each other. Read with each other. Read next to each other. Read anything. But read. Everyday.
Unplug a little everyday - no phone, no tablet, no computer, no TV. Connections are strengthened when electronics aren't involved.
A different way to learn. Have fun, build academics, challenge your kid's mind and body, and prevent brain drain.
AUGUST 5-AUGUST 9
This may be the best family vacation you'll ever take. UNPLUG & RECONNECT. Re-discover the ties that bind
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