Don’t succumb to the pressure to constantly keep your kids busy. Do this instead.
I received many emails this week with the subject line: How to keep your kids busy this summer. How to make sure your kids aren’t bored this summer.
We’re a culture of doers, so I thought I would take a minute to give you my best parenting advice for summer.
Hang out in pajamas as long as you can
Eat ice cream…often
Go outside without an agenda other than to play, explore and learn
Watch the stars at night
Find the moon
Watch the sunrise and the sunset whenever you can
Don’t take everything so seriously
Laugh as much as you can
You will feel tempted to sign up for every activity and camp. You will want to ensure your children are not bored.
But it’s ok to be bored. Boredom fosters creativity, imagination, ingenuity, problem-solving, self-reliance, and many more beautiful things.
Resist the need to subscribe to the notion that being busy is best.
The best part of summer, for me, is the simplicity.
Enjoy the simple moments, and leave some space for surprises.
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