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Are your kids already looking forward to the summer? You can become nervous, especially when you are not well prepared. Here are certain things you can do to ensure both you and your kids are ready to spend more time outdoors during the summer.

1. Plan Summer Activities Together

It would be very heartbreaking to the kids if your summer plans do not coincide with theirs. They already have their preferences for certain activities or particular places to visit. Most kids discuss with their peers and friends on the places each would like to go for summer but not with their parents. As a result, you should take time to discuss with the kids and come up with summer plans that will make both of you happy.

 It is essential to listen to what the kids might want for the summer before making any decisions. If they request something that you cannot afford or think is inappropriate, talk to them and let them know why you cannot provide what they want. Talking with your kids prevents them from having false hopes and expectations.

2.     Teach the Kids the Importance of Safety and Taking Care of Themselves

Summer provides the best weather for outdoor playing. Consequently, it is essential to let your kids understand that they should try to be safe while outside. In case your kids are too young to comprehend the importance of safety, you should provide supervision at all times during the summer.

 Your kids might want to go to summer camps- or other places where they are under the care of other adults, be it teachers or relatives. It would be best to make sure that the adults are qualified so that kids are in safe hands. You should do your research and inquire about the various summer camps before entrusting your kids with them. All in all, keep an open mind.

3.     Learn Helpful Skills

Many people ignore some instrumental summer-related skills. An example is learning how to detangle hair painlessly after your kids spend hours playing outside. Learning such simple skills will ensure that your kid will have a good time playing outdoors without worrying about their hair.

 Your children can also learn some useful skills when they have attained the appropriate age. They can apply these skills or teach other people, especially when away from you during summer camps. They will have an easier time dealing with some issues associated with playing outdoors, such as having entangled hair, bruises, and minor cuts.

Teaching your kids some of these minor but essential skills gives them a certain level of independence. The kids will not run to you every time they are unable to unzip their trousers or button their shirts, giving you ample time to enjoy yourself as well.

4.     Make Acquaintance with Parents Whose Kids Are Your Kid’s Friend

You can become nervous when you realize that your kids will be spending time away from you. The best way to deal with this is by allowing your kids to communicate with you whenever you are apart. These channels of communication can be through your kids’ friends’ parents.

 Besides exchanging contact details, you can also organize events where your kids will meet and play together during the summer. You can have several outdoor activities such as racquet games, bike rides, a zoo visit, or jumping on a trampoline, among other games that kids living in the same neighborhood might enjoy. The kids get to spend quality time with their friends irrespective of not going to school.

5.     Consult Your Kid’s Teachers before summer

Even though summer is a season where your kids should have fun without worrying about school, you do not want the children to forget everything. Consequently, you should consult with the teachers and devise ways to keep your kids learning even when on holiday. The teachers will also pinpoint the areas in which your kid needs to improve academically.

 The consultation you have with the teachers will help you choose the appropriate activities to suit your kid, such as math or science summer camps. You can choose games which will allow the kids to learn while enjoying themselves. These games ensure that your kids continue learning at home.

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 Therefore, you and your kid will have fun during the summer, provided you follow some, if not all, of the above hacks. Preparing for the summer ensures that your kids have a good time with or without your supervision.

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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