Summer always goes fast and as the next school year quickly approaches you may need ideas to make the transition as fun as possible.
How do you want to end the summer? What is left to do and what do you want to celebrate?
Here are 4 tips on how to end the summer in a fun way that builds connection and joy…
End Of Summer Tip #1: Clarify what you and your children wanted to accomplish this summer and identify what is not done yet.
Summer is not over yet so don’t fall into the “start of school” blues yet! Set up that lingering play date or a day trip to the zoo. Use an upcoming family meeting to structure the discussion (Mad2Glad Pillar #4).
If you have a “hope to experience” list from the start of the summer, review that list. How much did you accomplish? What is left? Out of what is left, identify the top 1-2 (or more if you have more time) things that your children want to do.
If you don’t have an existing list, ask your children to brainstorm 1-2 ideas that would help celebrate the end of summer. Don’t forget to think about what you (and your partner) want to experience before summer ends and add that to the list!
End Of Summer Tip #2: Celebrate the summer fun you already experienced..
Share what you enjoyed about the summer and ask your children to do the same. Make a collage to remember these by. This is another great topic for a family meeting!
End Of Summer Tip #3: Look at the photos from the summer and just laugh at the memory.
Carve out a little extra time to cheer over “the big catch” or the coolest art project.
End Of Summer Tip #4: Build excitement about the school year to come.
Ask your children these questions:
- What are your hopes and dreams for the school year?
- What do you want to accomplish or experience/learn (either at school or in their activities)?
- How can each family member support you in those dreams?
- How do you want to celebrate when you achieve that dream?
Have your children capture these goals and post in a place where they can see it regularly. If your children are too young to read, help them find photos that remind them of these goals.
While parents tend to celebrate the start of the school year, children dread it. End summer on a high note by memorializing the fun times and deepening your family bonds.
This guest article comes from Certified Mad2Glad Parenting Coach, Suz Roemer Feely, who is a mother of 3 children: 2 gifted sons, ages 10 and 11, and a dynamic daughter, age 7. Suz and her husband work hard to create calm in their family and have found more calm AND deeper, more robust relationships with their children over the past few years. They enjoy summers at the cabin with extended family, Spring Break road trips, reading together and lots of sports activities.