Summer is a time of fun and relaxation, but for many parents and caregivers, this is also a hectic time of vacations, games and activities for our young ones. School is out and this means a change in routine in many homes. Without some planning, summer can be all work and no play for parents and caregivers. This article will help you get a better handle on your time and planning and help you enjoy summer instead of suffer through it.

Before we jump into the mechanics of planning, let’s talk about you. Many parents and caregiver think about everyone else and put themselves last. I’m sure you’re no exception. This summer however, I’d like you to find a way to put yourself somewhere there at the top. You may not be at #1 or #2 but as you plan the summer activities make sure you set aside time for some self-care and relaxation so you can do an even better job.

Tip #1: Continue Learning

School may be out for summer but that doesn’t mean learning has to stop. Kids learn better when they become a part of a process. Combine that with the fact that they have not been out in nature much and you can come up with some great ideas. For one, you can plan a trip to a local park, zoo or other nature-specific area and while there, talk about the creatures and plants around you. You don’t have to be an expert of nature; just follow along, ask questions and get your kids to think and come up with guesses to questions they raise.

Tip #2: Be Safety Minded

It is easy to get lost in all the activities that are happening in summer. Pool parties, nature walks, sleepovers are great for kids but may also pose a safety risk to them. Make sure an adult is present in water-related sports to make sure no one drowns or is otherwise hurt during the sport. Summer heat can be very dehydrating especially for kids so keep them well hydrated with water and other drinks that have electrolytes. Lastly, encourage your kids to get out and get some exercise. It’s very tempting for kids to just sit all day and play on their gadgets. Encourage them to join you for a walk, run or an outdoor game.

Tip #3: Take Time For Yourself

As parents, we’re used to taking care of everyone around us. We plan, we clean, we organize, and we’re generally on the go for our families. According to recent research in emotional health, many parents don’t sense the burnout until it’s too late. This summer, set aside sometime to relax and rejuvenate away from the kids. It’ll help you recharge and be able to be there for your kids when they need you.  You’ll need to find a good babysitter or nanny to take care of your kids but it’s well worth it. At Signet Nannies we’re always connecting families with caregivers for their kids and we’d love to do the same for you. This summer, let’s find a great caregiver for your kids!

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