While summer vacation is a period of joyous abandon for your little ones, it might be the most frustrating and disoriented time of your life.
Here are a few tips to make you feel a little better about these two months.
- Do not go on a guilt trip: Your little one is bound to demand that you “fix” their boredom. Do not get flustered every time they mention they are bored. It is also up to them to keep themselves occupied and busy. Left to themselves, they probably will.
- Keep comparisons off: Their best friends might be travelling or going to fascinating places and they feel the need to do the same. Tell them what you have or have not planned for the summer and get them excited about it. Comparisons are a strict no.
- Stick to the routines: Summer should not mean license to play into late hours and haywire eating schedules. Make it clear to your child that while the day is free for them to do as they please the routines stay in place and that includes bed time.
- Get them to share household chores: Ask them to contribute to the household chores even if in a small way- like watering the plants, bringing in the laundered clothes etc. Teach them to clean up after play.
- Bring back the books: Every afternoon have a mandatory reading time for an hour. It helps them unwind, builds vocabulary and keeps them off television. Enroll them in a local library where they can go and choose books.
- Have some back up: Summer is a good time for grandparents and other relatives to visit or for you to visit them. The children get to spend time with them and you get them off your hands for some time.
- Bring out old toys/books: Many of their old toys and books will remain untouched during the school year. Summer is a good time to bring them out and renew their interest in them. This saves unnecessary expenditure on new things.
- Enroll them in a class: Get them interested in a summer class in the neighbourhood. They get to spend some time with friends, learn a skill or two and you get some breathing time.
- Give them a project: It could be a simple thing like making a terrace garden or decorating a bathroom wall. Get them involved in everything like buying the pots, selecting the plants, getting the paints, drawing the design. Some part of the day can be assigned to the project.
- Have some family fun: Plan some fun things to do with your children. Take them to a local museum, fun-park or a historical site. Help them prepare for the activity with books and other sources.
With a little effort, summer can be a fun time for both you and your children. Plan well and enjoy the time together!