Do you ever feel like there’s a ton of pressure on us moms to make summer absolutely amazing? Like every day has to be full of fun celebrations and unforgettable memories? I hope I’m not alone in this! All I can think about are the long days with no set schedule and the inevitable, “Mom, what are we going to do today?”
If you’re like me and you’re looking for some simple ways to enjoy summer without totally losing your mind, I want to share a few ideas with you.
First, some friendly advice …
Try to avoid over the top expectations. Instead, think quality over quantity. You don’t have to do it all!! The goal is to be present in the time that you do have.
Create a Summer Bucket List
This might actually be anxiety inducing for some of you – coming up with a list of activities that you feel pressured to check off. But, it doesn’t have to be that way! Think of a summer bucket list as inspiration. The fun part is coming up with ways to connect and finding activities that you and your children will enjoy doing together.
The items on your list don’t have to be expensive or extravagant. Less is more sometimes. Here are a few examples.
Wear pajamas all day long.
Go for a family bike ride
Have a backyard picnic
Host a lemonade stand
Have Dinner Together
I feel so terrible admitting this, but we don’t eat dinner together a lot during the school year. It always seems like someone is running off to a game or activity or I’m heading off to work. It’s something I wish we did more and I think summer is a great time to start over. I know some of you are just as busy during the summer with sports and activities, but try to make it a priority to have one night that is just yours. A simple way to make family dinners memorable is to play a game. Fill a mason jar with questions that help spark conversations to keep you at the table longer. Here are a few ideas for you.
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
What is something you love about the person sitting next to you?
If you could have any pet in the world, what would you choose?
When was the last time you had a lot of fun? Who were you with?
Family Movie Night
My girls love this because it’s something we can do together after the baby is in bed. The hardest part is deciding on a movie to watch though! Here are a few of our top picks.
The Parent Trap
Cheaper By the Dozen
Daddy Day Care
Jumanji (old & new)
The Karate Kid (old one)
School of Rock
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
The Princess Bride
Take Lots of Photos
You knew I’d have to work in a photo related idea didn’t you?! There are actually tons of really fun photo opportunities in the summer. Besides vacations and holidays (4th of July!), summer is the perfect season for bright, colorful props. Think ice cream, ice pops, straw hats, sunglasses, bubbles, fruit, sparklers, lemonade, etc. Props can add to your summer story without making it look overly staged. Plus, it gives your kiddos something to do without noticing that they are having their picture taken. Water is a fantastic prop in the summer. A pool, the ocean, a sprinkler, the lake, a water slide, water balloons – the possibilities are endless!
I hope this inspire you a bit to relax and enjoy your summer without feeling like you have to be supermom. Remember – quality over quantity!
p.s. If you’ve made it this far and need a last minute gift idea for Father’s Day, check out this adorable printable from Declaration & Co.