Every year I plan my own summer camp activities. Having one income meant that summer camp opportunities were often out of our budget and I enjoyed time with my kids anyway. To keep those we nurture from driving us crazy, take time to organize age appropriate activities.
For those who care for parents: Find social, healthy activities that cut down on tv time. Senior Centers are a great place to get information.
For infant/toddler/pre-school: Join a play group or make your own. Pick a park once a week to have kids play and parents hang out. Make sure backyard play is safe for all ages. Explore local zoos and other places of interest. Homemade popsicles.
For school age: Play dates, chores that teach independence like dishes and making bed, build skills by teaching cooking, sewing, gardening, housekeeping, pet sitting, younger child care, and bike repair. Use Bridge Books to enrich learning and help them hang on to academic skills. Also, Host Epic Water Battles!
Teens: Job skills, volunteer work, talent enrichment (sports camps, practices, dance, drama. Bridge Books, ACT prep, tutoring classes.
Never underestimate the power of free time and giving child (or parent) the opportunity to develop creativity and problem solving. Boredom is a choice not a problem to be solved.
Don’t forget to spend time reading and playing games together. Take care of yourself.
May you thrive as you nurture others this summer.