Summer can be hectic, rushed, tiring, filling those days with activities for the kids, clubs that they can do, packing for a vacation away, getting things done for yourself as well as finding time to celebrate that the sun is finally out. But that doesn’t have to be the way – you can slow down your days and enjoy the summer here’s 5 simple ways to help you celebrate summer and slow down your days.

Celebrate Summer - 5 simple ways to slow down your days

1. Limit the clubs and activities for the kids

No don’t shut down the computer or switch away I am not saying your kids shouldn’t do any organised activities this summer, I am saying limit them don’t fill every single hour with an organised activity if you can help it – if your time with the kids is limited to one or two weeks together whilst the rest of the weeks you are at work then spend that time together – they will benefit more from spending that time with you than on those organised activities.

Celebrate Summer - 5 simple ways to slow down your days

My kids though won’t be doing any – why? because there is nothing that they really want to do, we are doing 3 weeks of our Virtual Book Club Summer Camp in the mornings at our own pace but it’s an at home fun crafts, activities and other stuff (yes that other stuff is still a secret) but that is about it for organised activities.

2. Enjoy outdoor meals

Have you ever noticed that you take longer to eat when you are outside?

Celebrate Summer - 5 simple ways to slow down your days

 

At the weekends we’re enjoying breakfast outside, and lunch, and dinner on a week day with the kids we’re having picnic lunches – no I’m not making a full picnic taking it out to the park, the beach, the woods. I’m talking about taking time to enjoy the fact that we can eat outdoors and celebrate summer by having our normal lunch on a picnic blanket in the garden or at the table in the garden instead of indoors in the kitchen.

3. Free Style your days

I’ve said limit the clubs and activities – but then what are you meant to do with the kids? Well let them free play most of the time, yes we’ve spent a little money this year getting some stuff for outdoors – a wadding pool big enough to last the kids for a few years, balls of different sizes, bats, water pistols, water balloons, foot ball goal to blow up, hooper – are you getting the idea, we’ve invested in some outdoor toys and sun screen and we’re free styling our days. After breakfast we will do a craft together, it’s something that we all enjoy so we will continue and then we’re out.

Celebrate Summer - 5 simple ways to slow down your days

Our days are filled with water, bubbles, games and I don’t have to be there joining in all the times the kids entertain each other.

4. Make time for you

Celebrate Summer - 5 simple ways to slow down your days

Kids at home, no break, husband at work all day arriving home after the kids have gone to bed this was me last year and I didn’t make time for me. I spent the days filling them with everything I could possibly do and the evenings working, so instead I’m spending time celebrating summer and doing things for me. My nails are painted, my book is more than a page through it, I am making time being present with the kids but making time for me – you may find me with my laptop on the deck whilst they play together it’s time for me.

5. Rise and Shine

This one may seem crazy to celebrate summer and slow down your days – but it works, rise and shine earlier, you have time to make that time for you what ever you want to do, the mornings are light and not too hot, the chores can be done before you don’t want to because the heat stops you doing it, but it’s most importantly time for you to celebrate summer by adding in extra time each day.

Our friends at Wink Bingo are also counting down to summer, why not celebrate with them… How do you Celebrate Summer and slow down your days?

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Author
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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