We love technology; we really do. In fact, even those who grew up during the pre-internet age can’t imagine living without it now. However, every once in a while it’s good for your children (and you) to unplug, especially during summer break.
In our blog “5 Tips for Staying Connected in the 21st-Century Family,” we discussed some ways to spend high-quality family time with your children. And now that the beautiful summer weather is here, there is so much you can do to enjoy it together.
To begin: Go outside! New England weather can be fickle, so be sure to take advantage of it when the air is warm and the skies are blue (and leave the technology inside). If you’re anticipating your child resembling a deer caught in headlights once he or she is outside and tech-less, follow the simple steps below to summer fun (and don’t forget the sunscreen).
- Start from scratch. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on outdoor toys. In fact, with a little imagination, you and your child can probably make everything you need from things you already have at home. If not, a quick trip to the dollar store should do it. Things like hula hoops, bubbles, beach balls, and pool noodles can provide hours of fun. Need a little more inspiration? Visit: “18 DIY Outdoor Games You Should Play This Summer” on the Country Living website.
- Add water. Kids love water, whether they are swimming in it, running through it, or throwing it at each other in balloons. Garden hose limbo, slip and slides, and pool fishing are all fun ways to stay cool on hot days. For additional water activities, visit Pinterest.
- Turn the page. Summertime is great for reading because without homework, your child has extra time to read for fun. It’s even better if you can read with him or her because one, it helps avoid summer brain drain, and two, when you read with your child, you become a role model for the importance and enjoyment of reading. This summer, try it the old-fashioned way: with actual books rather than e-readers.
- Stir (as in move around). Physical activity is essential to health and well-being, so help your child take advantage of the daylight hours and sun-inspired energy to exercise outside. Biking, hiking, skating, swimming, and really any type of movement, is good for the body and the soul.
- Enjoy. This step is self-explanatory and the most essential. Everyone here in the Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford community hopes that you are having a safe and fun-filled summer break!
What are some of the things your family does for summer fun? Let us know on our social media pages.