Today was one of those days that I felt guilty. 🙁
Being a full-time working parent is tough, especially during the Summer months.
Summer vacation is about to begin for us here in NYC and I work full-time. Summer vacation isn’t really a vacation for me but my kiddo shouldn’t have to feel that way. So I went around and asked a few working moms, like myself, what they do to make the most out of Summer vacation.
To my surprise, I’m not alone. A few moms got together and shared their stories and tips on what they do to make the best out of their Summer vacation!
Here’s Tracy’s Simple Pleasures post that I’m sure you’ll love. Better yet! Print it out and make it a to-do list for this Summer.
It will be TONS of fun!
The kids are out of school and the warm sun is shining – summer is here! While neighbors and friends pack their bags and head out on vacation, our family doesn’t have plans to go anywhere. Last summer we took a trip to my husband’s homeland, El Salvador, but this year even a weekend trip to Ocean City isn’t in the budget.
I’m not going to lie – I would prefer to be on an airplane going somewhere far away right now, (preferably a place with palm trees), but I’m not going to waste time moping about it. Summer provides a unique opportunity to be together as a family without the limitations of the school year routine, and I want to make the most of it. Even when money is tight, there are simple pleasures to relish, activities that cost nothing, (or only a few dollars), and create priceless memories.
Here are a few things I’ve planned to do with my boys this summer. What would you add to the list?
1. Catch lightening bugs
2. Make S’mores
3. Lay in the hammock and find shapes in the clouds
4. Lay in the hammock and look at the stars
5. Go swimming in a local lake or river
6. Read a chapter book together
7. Go for a bike ride
8. Get ice cream from the ice cream man
9. Plant a vegetable
10. Play in the rain
11. Have a “movie night” at home
12. Watch fireworks
13. Play in the sprinkler
14. Get a Pen Pal and write them a letter
15. Practice our Spanish
16. Go fishing
17. Feed ducks
18. Play soccer
19. Lay in the grass and read a book
20. Go on a picnic
21. Let the kids run a lemonade stand
22. Go hiking
23. Play board games
24. Do a big puzzle together
25. Clean out the closets and donate what we don’t need
26. Make our own popsicles
27. Make a time capsule and bury it in the yard
28. Draw with sidewalk chalk
29. Blow bubbles
30. Teach the kids how to cook a few things
31. Teach the kids how to change a tire
32. Make a funny video
33. Build a sand castle
34. Visit a museum
35. Visit the zoo
36. Visit family
37. Stomp in puddles
38. Find smooth rocks and paint them
39. Have a “dance party” (especially fun with all the lights off and flashlights)
40. Look for tadpoles
41. Go to a local festival
42. Pick fruit at a local farm
43. Make a piñata and then have a little party
44. Water balloon fight
45. Watch the Olympics
46. Teach the kids a game from my childhood that they don’t know
47. Find a good tree and let them climb it
48. Go letterboxing, (look it up if you don’t know what it is!)
49. Make “get well” cards for the hospital to give to random patients
50. Take plenty of photos so we’ll never forget these special moments
Written By: Tracy López
Tracy López is a writer living outside the DC Metro area. You can read more at her blog Latinaish.com.
If you want to share ways you and your family make the most out of Summer vacation, please feel free to leave a comment below.