Tips for Having an Intentional Summer

July 16, 2014 7 Comments »
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Like many families do, our family packed up our belongings and moved into a new home. Though we’re on the other side of “town” and only 30 minutes from our old house, it’s almost like we’re in a new state. We’re not familiar with the parks, don’t know the best farmer’s markets to go to, haven’t got a clue what the best summer camps are. One thing we do know though is that even though we have a lot of unpacking and settling to do, we want our girls to have an intentional summer.

What does intentional summer mean for our family? It looks a little something like this:

 

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My nature is to unpack and make sure everything has a home and designated spot, but the longer I’m a mom the more I realize that I want these beautiful girls to have a fun and memorable childhood. That includes spending time with friends, and creating family traditions.

Here are some of the tips I’ve used this busy summer to make sure we’re being intentional:

1. Create a Summer Bucket List with a variety of activities to complete throughout the summer.

2. Vary your play, choose one water play day, one outdoor play, one indoor play day and theme them as well.

3. Be spontaneous (I know a Type-A personality saying this, but I’ve really had to step out of my personality to make sure my kids enjoy themselves), go for ice cream before dinner, pop into a kids play place with no notice. You’ll be surprised at how impactful of a memory this will be with your children later on in life as well.

4. Let them choose an activity or destination. Giving your children the power of choice will not only be really exciting, but it will also give them confidence in making decisions.

5. Play safe and be proactive. I am “one of those moms”, you know the ones who carry a big bag (not a diaper bag anymore but still a considerable size) with everything imaginable in them? I am certain I would win if I were on the game show “Let’s Make a Deal!” by pulling out something random that almost no human carries on their person. That’s what’s great though, when the girls scrape a knee while playing hopscotch at a friends house or are playing in the water I’m armed with the right mom gear to make sure we can keep the fun going.

 

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What is your favorite tip for making summer intentional and savoring those moments?

 

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7 Comments

  1. Jennifer Hutcheson (@Mami2Mommy) July 16, 2014 at 6:35 PM - Reply

    I love it! An intentional summer. Sometimes as parents we forget that even during the lazy days of summer we can plan things and plan to have fun. Intentionally creating these activities & moments will well make it worthwhile to our kids. By the way, I think we share the same bag, lol!

  2. Kate K July 16, 2014 at 7:02 PM - Reply

    Such a great idea. My kids quickly settled into a “bad” routine with their electronics. So I’ve been having WiFi free days. They don’t like it very much but we are starting to figure out things to do around town so that should help!
    PS I have the mommie bag too! It has saved me many times when someone was looking for something… bandage, Sharpie, lip balm, you name it I probably have it in my bag.

  3. K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy July 18, 2014 at 10:51 AM - Reply

    Glad that I am not alone with carrying a mom bag. Better safe than sorry. Plus, with all of my kids’ allergy I pretty much feel like a mobile pharmacy.

    This summer we have been going with the flow. We also joined a summer reading program and that has been fun. We’ve read over 90 books so far and still have a few weeks of reading left to go.

  4. Kelley @ The Best Crowe's Nest July 18, 2014 at 11:33 AM - Reply

    I love this Jenn! I feel like I let summer just pass me by, but it’s so important to enjoy these moments! Love the summer bucket list idea!!

  5. Carissa July 18, 2014 at 12:08 PM - Reply

    We bought passes for the whole family to Carowinds this year.. and surprisingly that has covered about half of your suggestions right there… memories and short notice.. why not? it’s in our back yard for pete’s sake! We go over at 8PM at night and stay for 2 hours… we get there the second it opens on Monday mornings for the water park and NO ONE IS THERE! My oldest will be gone in a year… talk about the perfect summer memory making eh? :)

  6. Whitney July 18, 2014 at 10:30 PM - Reply

    Yes! I’ve been trying to be spontaneous and make memories this Summer. Last night we drove to Jetton and played on the playground before dinner. One night we drove to Gastonia and got Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Movie nights are super fun too. They aren’t little forever. I want them to have fun Summer memories.

  7. Kristen July 24, 2014 at 4:07 PM - Reply

    I love this! You have inspired me to not feel so insecure about my mom bag! :). We try and stay intentional by limiting screen time by making him earn it by reading, doing a chore, doing work on TenMark, etc. Summer is the time to make memories and keeping a bucket list helps keep us focused on the important things!

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