Kids love summer vacation. A couple of months of no school, no homework, no getting up early, long daylight hours, warm weather — it’s complete freedom. As parents, you also love summer vacation for the extra quality time it allows you to have with your children. But let’s be honest, some days having them home may be a little overwhelming, especially as August rolls around. This feeling doesn’t make you a bad parent; it makes you a human being. There’s a reason this commercial was very successful. So in order to help get through the rest of the break, we’ve compiled several resources into a “survival guide” for summer vacation.
First, here are some of our blogs that offer ideas to help the whole family have fun together (while learning at the same time):
- 5 Edu-vacation Spots in Connecticut
- 5 Steps to Tech-Free Summer Fun
- Exploring History Through Museum Visits
- Kid-friendly, Safe Science at Home
- Planning the Perfect Family Movie Night
- Serving the Community During Summer Vacation
Here are some of our blogs that will help you access some “you time:”
- 4 Ways that Attending Church is Great for Your Health
- Finding the Right Summer Camp for Your Child
- The Importance of Parent Playdates
Now, here are 3 tips to keep in mind during these final weeks of vacation:
- Keep to your routine. Structure is very important to children, so while it might not always please your children, in the long run it will be best for all of you. It will also help the whole family transition back into the school-year routine.
- Stay Strong. Continue to set expectations for behavior and be consistent with consequences.
- Be flexible. Not every day is going to work out as planned, just as in life in general. Accept when this happens and do your best to go with the flow.
Everyone here in the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford community hopes that you and your children are having a wonderful summer break. We look forward to seeing all of you in just a few weeks!
What “survival” tips do you have for other parents? Let us know on our social media pages.