Monthly Archives: June 2016

Cruise Director or Parent? Trying to Balance the Days of Summer….

School is coming to an end and summer is upon us!  Which means……bored kids who get cranky from not being entertained 24/7.  I’m not sure how or when it happened but why do parents, especially moms feel the need to be like a cruise director and plan out all these magical memories?

I have a board on Pinterest called “cool stuff to do with kids”.  Currently I have 121 pins.  I have completed maybe 4.  But I keep adding and adding.  Why?  Because one day I’ll get to it right?  Probably not.  I need to put the iPad and phone away and just be present for my kids.  Just play!  Like real play – throw a ball, swim in a pool, read a book with them, be the monster and chase them.

But at the same time, I need to just let them be kids and not depend on entertainment from us.  Let them get bored.  It’s ok!  Make them imagine and create their own worlds.  Some of my favorite summer memories are of my sister and I making up music videos and dance routines.  Come on….you know you did it too.

I’m not one to just sit and relax.  I’m guilty of needing entertainment 24/7 too.  But I’m going to make a conscience effort to enjoy these lazy days of summer as a family and for myself.  I’m sure there will be days that get hectic with activities or with kids fighting or trying to balance work and kids but I’ll remind myself to stop, take a breath and tell myself to embrace the chaos!