Summer is a time for relaxation, laughter and play. But it can also bring with it a unique set of challenges for moms. How do we juggle all of our responsibilities while still engaging our children and creating lasting memories? Here are 5 ways to enjoy your kids more this summer.
Guest Post by Sarah Koontz of Grounded & Surrounded
What if we all purpose (right now!) to set aside one day per week this summer to do something new and exciting with our children? And instead of spinning our wheels trying to come up with ideas on our own, let’s work together!
I have created five challenges to get us started, but the rest is up to you! The purpose of each challenge is to inspire your creativity and motivate you to stop and enjoy your kids during the summer months.
5 Ways to Enjoy your Kids More this Summer
1. Enjoy the View
Do you ever get so caught up in your “To-Do List” that you forget to stop and enjoy the view? Moms are constantly juggling their long list of responsibilities and sometimes we simply forget to stop and take in the beauty that surrounds us.
Beauty is a very personal thing. Take a moment to think about the most beautiful place within walking or driving distance to your home–a place that inspires you and makes you feel beautiful.
Go there! Take your family! Teach your kids what it means to stop and appreciate the world that surrounds them. Share a little of your beauty with them. Moms, you should never underestimate the power of a good walk!
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2. Enjoy the Water
Kids make many of their favorite summertime memories at the pool or the lake. There is just something about playing with water that makes kids happy!
Although the little ones may love it, swimming sure is a lot of work for Mom! Put your thinking cap on and come up with an idea that involves water, but also sounds like a lot of fun for Mom, too.
Take your children on a water-seeking adventure and see how many water selfies you can take in an afternoon. Or build your own boats with your kids and let them “set sail” at your local creek.
It doesn’t matter what you do so long as it involves your kids, water, and lots of laughter.
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3. Enjoy the Dirt
Chances are you either love to play in the dirt or absolutely detest the stuff.
It doesn’t matter how you typically feel about dirt, this challenge is to find a new way to enjoy it. Find something in the dirt to do with your child that makes you a bit uncomfortable.
Take this opportunity to let your children decide how to complete the challenge. Follow their lead and let their creativity inspire you.
4. Enjoy Something New
As moms, we often have the best of intentions at the beginning of the summer. Many of us make a list full of fun new activities to keep our kids entertained and engaged all summer long.
But as the weeks drag on, we find ourselves disappointed by how few of those items actually get checked off our list. The truth is that summer is far too short and we rarely get to do all that we set out to accomplish.
Make it a priority to introduce your children to something new this summer. The look on their precious little faces is reward enough for our effort to create new and exciting experiences for them.
5. Enjoy the Mess
I saved this challenge for the end–for a reason! There is something about making a mess that is just plain hard for us moms to enjoy.
We are always thinking about the work it is going to take to clean up the mess, and often miss out on the “fun” that was supposed to be had in the making of it.
Kids are gifted at making messes. Every mother knows this to be true.
Taking the time to enjoy the mess with your children will give you a glimpse into the simplicity of childhood. It will help you to remember the value of fully engaging in the moment without thought of what is to follow.
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Want more ways to be intentional with your kids this summer?
We’ve created a free 10-week Summer Challenge for Moms. It is called the #ETHANproject. ETHAN is an acronym for “ENJOY the HERE and NOW.”
The purpose of the #ETHANproject Summer Challenge is to inspire your creativity, motivate you to be a better mom and support you through the summer months.
The Summer Challenge runs from June 1 – August 15 and is open to all moms.
What are your favorite ways to STOP and “ENJOY the HERE and NOW” with your kids? How are you going to enjoy your kids this summer?
Sarah Koontz is a stay-at-home wife and mother of two beautiful little girls. She is passionate about writing, and loves encouraging other moms to “ENJOY the HERE and NOW” through her #ETHANproject Challenges. She has a blog with her best friend Sammi at Grounded & Surrounded where they write about all things Healthy, Heart, Home, & Habits. You can find Sarah on Facebook , Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.