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Summer Parenting Ideas

Summer Parenting Ideas

This was a tough school year—whether you chose for your student to attend virtually or in person. This past year we spent more time at home with the kids than ever before and just like that, they’re back home for the summer!

It’s a great time to hit the reset button and instill some new values (like eating healthy), introduce them to the fun we had as kids (anyone remember super soaker water gun fights?), and create new memories.

In our family, we often took trips to the beach and mountains for fun summer getaways, which was always cool for fun memories with extended family members like grandparents and cousins, but you should also consider taking trips centered around your children’s interests.

Give your daughter the background to become a scientist who will someday find the cure for cancer. Help your son create a groundbreaking community service project to feed the homeless. Did your child struggle in science or history? Sounds like a trip to a science museum such as the McWane Science Center in Birmingham or the Wonderworks Experience in Panama City Beach is in order. You see, many of us learn by doing instead of listening to a teacher lecture. When we engage in hands-on learning, we get real life practice.

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Not everything has to involve spending money on a getaway. Most local libraries have a summer reading program where children can win prizes for reading an allotted number of books. You can also grow a garden with your kids. There are so many kits out there that don’t require the traditional yard space to cultivate herbs and vegetables. It doesn’t matter if you have a green thumb or not—there are too many YouTube & TikTok videos out there to teach you what to do (and what not to do). And as I mentioned earlier, you’ll never know how to do it until you do it!

Finally, sometimes we just need to unwind and let our hair down! How about a family water gun fight, a foam party, or slip and slide kickball? I promise you there is a ton of fun that can be had with the kids no matter the age group. The most important thing is to create fun memories for you and your children.

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Kishia Saffold
Author: Kishia Saffold

Kishia Saffold is the owner of Kiddie Care Learning Center in Dothan and Enterprise. She has a Masters of Business Administration from Troy University and a B.A. in Communication from Alabama State University. She is a wife to Jeffery and mother to daughter, Kiera.

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Summer Parenting Ideas

by Kishia Saffold time to read: 3 min