No one wants a throwback summer more than me. The summers I remember as a kid were the best. I think we all long for the lazy vibe of no plans, popsicles, and hearing the screen door slam as we ran out to play with our neighborhood friends. But now as a parent, we are left with lots of organized sports, schedules, iPads, and kids who are very bored. Can we have fun again? I've seen a lot of posts on this, so I know I'm not alone. This topic is my spirit animal, if people even still say that.
We made our summer bucket list and I tried to keep it adventurous, but also ambiguous--like explore the city, bike rides, pie, you get the idea. Less screen time made the cut and honestly, the only one who needs that reminder is me. If the kids watch a little more TV, I'm not too worried about it, it's just those iPads that bug me. I want to feel the summer magic too, and that means less time on my phone. Do you know about the app that tells you how much time you spend on your phone? Give it a try. An intervention might follow (not naming any names here).
Another goal is to pay attention to my kids. My kids get a lot of face time (don't you worry). But when I'm trying to put them to bed, get dinner ready, or whatever, and they are asking a million questions like how is cheese made? and how does the sun come up?, it pretty much goes ignored-ish.
Man, those are some cute questions! As you know, there are SO MANY hours in the day to fill during these hot days. So, as of two days ago (#goals), I've been writing down everything they are remotely interested in and we are hitting up the library for bedtime books (about the solar system) and watching YouTube videos during breakfast (on string cheese) and pretty much trying to be amazing at this parent/kid thing. Wish us luck.
That being said (re: paying attention to my kids), I'm also going to let them figure out how to have their own fun (this is a throwback summer after all). Every afternoon we will usually be chillin' at home and if they're bored, too bad. There's a house full of toys, books, markers, paper towel rolls, etc., ... and a backyard with bikes, scooters, chalk, and trees. After some complaining (I go deep into my happy place to tune them out), they usually work through the boredom. And then I will do my thing...unapologetically. In my head this looks like lemonade and a good book on the porch, in real life, this looks like picking up Cheerios from the floor.
I'm also trying (operative word) to give each of them a little more freedom. Maybe walking to a friend's house alone (deep breaths), or riding the scooter to the corner (different kids respectively). Sorry, Sam, you're still under 24-hour surveillance.
What about you, what are you up to this summer? I hope it involves pie.