I recently read an essay by a 50-something mom who was longing for the days when her kids were young and every summer season was filled with their screaming voices, sibling rivalry and oodles of time spent carting them to the pool, BBQ’s and Fireworks ceremonies.
Her words were so full of longing for those early years that it made me realize not only do I take those very moments for granted, but I actually dread them. Between managing the stress of working and two kids under the age of 12, I’ve found myself yearning to fast-forward to a period when my kids will be old enough to fix their own sandwiches and plan their own play dates.
While this mom sheepishly acknowledged harboring similar feelings at the time, it’s ultimately those seemingly simple moments, like watching her kids’ faces light up at the sight of a glowing fireworks display and their attempts to perfect their in the pool somersault while giving their parent a mini stroke as they wait with baited breath until said child emerges from the water that she wishes she would’ve appreciated more.
So, parents, I’ll leave you with those thoughts to hold close to your heart as you embark on some of your summer expeditions. Time is fleeting, and when it’s gone, you’ll only remember the good stuff!Â Which is why when I was asked to be a part of Kelloggâ€™sÂ® Frosted Mini-WheatsÂ® and Scholastic’s Parent & Child’sÂ Big Day campaign to help familiesÂ get ready for summer and to introduce kids to fun, enriching Big Day experiences- it was a NO BRAINER!
Summertime provides plenty of opportunities for kids to watch, listen, smell, touch, and taste new things. It gives them a chance to really give their
senses a workout. Summer is also the perfect time to encourage exploration, experimentation, and curiosity. Studies have shown that free, unstructured time gives childrenâ€™s brains a chance to process and expand on what they learned throughout the school year. For me personally summer is an opportunity to spend time getting back to the basic stuff with my kids- TECH AND SCREEN TIME FREE. What kinds of activities do I suggest to help make EVERY DAY A BIG DAY this Summer?
#1 Take your dogs for long walks ( and if you don’t have a dog- donate your time and your kids’ time to do a good deed and walk someone else’s dog!) The time spent caring for and helping a four legged friend get exercise is also a wonderful opportunity to organically have a conversation- about everything and anything ( especially if you’ve got a dog who likes to take her time getting her business done!)
#2 Grab an your e-reader or an old fashioned book, a few lawn chairs and do a little reading in the fresh air ( oh and don’t forget to include a few treats- to satisfy my kids cravings- we ALWAYS take some dry cereal in tupperwares and Kelloggâ€™sÂ® Frosted Mini-WheatsÂ® cereal is packed with fiber and nearly a day’s worth of whole grains* to help keep your kids full and focused for the Big Day ahead and frozen grapes!)
#3 Teach each other something new. This summer my eight year old has promised to teach me how to skateboard – don’t worry I’ve got my helmet!
If you need a few more ways to help your kids make EVERY DAY A BIG DAY this summer-as the end of the school year is fast approaching and ensure that everyone is ready for the Big Days of summer ahead- Scholastic Parent and Child and Kellog’s Frosted Mini Wheats offers these tips Parents Can Do to help their kidsÂ Transitioning from School to Summer:
Take a break from a schedule. Allow your children to spend a few days or a week sleeping late and doing a lot of nothing. Give them time to unwind without having to follow a schedule.
Evaluate whatâ€™s on your bookshelves. The end of the school year is a great time to pare down and organize. Donate textbooks and books your child has outgrown. Discard old schoolwork. Keep only creative writing or special assignments.
Sign up early. Register early for camp or other activities your child wants to do over the summer. Make sure transportation and carpools are arranged, so everyone is ready to go when the activities begin.
Schedule appointments before camp starts. Plan ahead for orthodontist, dentist, and any other doctor appointments your child needs. The perfect time to fit these in is between the end of school and the beginning of camp.
Stock up on summer essentials. From swimsuits and shorts, to sunblock, to stocking your kitchen with nutritious foods (including cereal for
breakfast! One bowl of Kelloggâ€™sÂ® Frosted Mini-WheatsÂ® cereal is packed with fiber and nearly a day’s worth of whole grains* to help keep your kids full and focused for the Big Day ahead. ), plan accordingly to make shopping for your summer needs a breeze.
So what are you going to do to help your kids make EVERY DAY A Big Day this summer?
This post is part of a sponsored conversation with Kellogg’s Frosted Mini Wheats, but as is always the case all opinions expressed are my own.