10 Things I’m Doing With My Kids This Summer

With its carefree days and lack of schedules, is there anything better than summer? I know for some parents, the thought of long days with no organized activity is a scary one. Don’t let it be. Embrace the freedom. Your kids CAN be bored. It is good for them. You can even plan for the laziness. If you over-schedule, your summer will just feel like a hot autumn. Get everyone excited for the nothingness by making an  “Embrace the Freedom To-Do List”.

10 Things I Plan to Do This Summer:

1. Read aloud with my kids.
2. Make a family playlist to dance to in the kitchen and sing to in the car.
3. Spend time daydreaming.
4. Do something special with one of my kids at a time.
5. Stay up late…and sleep in!!!
6. Have a pajama day.
7. Learn something new — like how to juggle, how to do a french braid (I never did master this), or how to ride a skateboard. I’ll try anything that doesn’t require exchange of payment. Need inspiration? Think old-school.
8. Spend a least one day technology-free.
9. Play outside riding bikes, playing tag, filling water balloons in our old baby pool and running through the sprinkler.
10. Finally make a photo album with the thousands of photos on my phone.

Most importantly: be a family — laughing and loving and living — together.

I am such a better mother in the summer. My yelling and screaming is directly proportional to the business of our schedules. No schedule, no stress, no screaming. I challenge you to plan a no-schedule summer — you won’t regret it.


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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."

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