I cannot wait for summer! I noticed a few years ago though that if I didn’t plan out my summer that I wasted my free time getting distracted by side projects- cleaning closests and the like, and allowing the children to veg out in front of Netflix because it keeps them quiet.
Life use to be easier, you didn’t have to plan a simple life, but these days modernity is so pressing that too many distractions grip us when we don’t intentionally plan to avoid them. So here are some of the things that help make our summer magical.
1. Limited TV
We don’t have cable but we do have Netflix and the children can pester me so much about watching a show that sometimes I give in just to get a bit of quiet. Having a list of shows pre prepped and posted by the computer makes sure they don’t end up binging on Sponge Bob Square Pants when I’m not paying close attention. Older TV shows don’t over stimulate their brain and often provide a lot of inspiration for activities like fishing, baseball, tea parties, soap box derbies, hop scotch, tree climbing, and other wholesome activities. My personal favorites are…
-The Lone Ranger
-Leave It to Beaver
-Dennis the Menace
-My Three Sons
-The Andy Griffith Show
-I Love Lucy
-Car 54 Where Are You?
2. Lemonade Stands
I’m fortunate enough to live where the police do not tend to bother children’s lemonade stands and so my older children will host lemonade stands and all the profits go to paying for their karate lessons during the year, of course they don’t typically raise enough for the whole her but they do feel good when they raise enou to pay for a month or two all by themselves.
3. Prairie Bonnets and Cowboy Hats
5. Drive Ins
Contrary to popular belief there are still many drive in movie theaters still open around America. Check this list to find out if there is one near you.
6. A Swimming Hole
7. Public Pool
If you’re lucky enough to have a public pool be sure to make a trip. Lifeguards, snack shacks and juice boxes by the pool should be part of every childhood.
11. Sitting Out On Your Front Porch
Before Facebook and Twitter people use to sit out on front porches to socialize. It may seem strange to us today but give it a try! I promise, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
12. Gathering Fire Wood
Preparing for winter is a very traditional summer time activity. In the cool hours of the morning and evening gather, chop and stack fire wood for the coming cold nights.
13. Knitting Winter Clothes
In the same way as collecting firewood, knitting winter goodies over the summer is a great way to spend your summer relaxation time.
Are you ready for the best summer of your life? I hope so!