The countdown has officially begun. Summer is slowly coming to an end, well, at least for some. If you’re anywhere close to the west coast then you can agree that summer will be sticking around a few more months. I can’t complain though, except for the fact of having pesky bugs and insects that are driving me insane. While most parents may be stressing on how to keep their kids entertained just a few more months until school starts, I have some inspiration on how to survive the mid-summer break. I used to be stressed to the point of thinking I had to keep a bucket list of crazy cool things to do with my kids (thanks to Pinterest), and always have our days planned out, and to be honest, that alone was becoming overwhelming. Summer is suppose to be about mellowing down and enjoying the time spent with family. It seems these days so many of us are in competition with who has the longest bucket list and coolest hacks to keep their families entertained.
I don’t know about you, but growing up in the 80’s was literally the best time as a kid. I have memories playing with my neighborhood friends, riding each other around on our bike pegs and getting wet in a plastic pool that we barely fit in. The most important lesson I got out of those experiences were to be happy with what I had and to savor the little things. What I’m trying to say is teach your kids to be content with what is in front of them. They don’t always need to be lavished with gadgets and money. We can teach them to actually make friends and get off the Xbox and go ride a bike and get into some real fun. Enough of me rambling about how amazing my childhood was, here are my stress-free ways I am keeping my kiddos entertained: