Summer comes with much awaited summer vacations. Mothers have ambivalent feelings towards summer vacations. We are happy that we can stay on bed a little longer, spend time with apples of our eyes. We want our munchkins to have fun and yet learn something. We want to take them for outings, and we conspire to make some of them educational. And yet, before the sun bids adieu on the very first day of vacation, we start counting how many days before the school reopens.
We, as kids used to visit our grandparents. All we wanted to do was play outdoors, climb trees, eat mangoes, cycle and when we were told not to go out we used to read comics, play board-games like monopoly, ludo, snake – ladder, name-place-animal thing etc. Nowadays, kids have so many options. There is no dearth of activities. Before the summer can knock our homes- we are flooded with the flyers of different activities all available at stone’s throw away distance. Swimming, handwriting, basketball, cricket, keyboard, drawing, painting, guitar, you name it and you get it in and around your vicinity. With so many options comes the difficulty to choose. You may want your son to learn piano, he may be interested in tennis. You may want your daughter to give basketball a try, she may be waiting to play cricket instead.
So here is a list of how you can make summer more fun for you and for your kids. –
7. Converse with them. Talk to them about everything under the sun. This is the bonding time. Love them, hug them, tell them how grateful you are for them. Make this summer a memorable one, by spending time with them.
8. Playdates- Now is the time to invite the friends over for a pajama party or a movie with popcorn, pizza and juice. Let them play. “The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time”. So waste away your time, love them, laugh with them. Enjoy your summer break.