Summer is coming to a close, so you need to make the most of these last few weeks. When school starts the harsh reality for most kids is that their small amount of free time will soon be filled with homework, soccer, music lessons, church classes and sleeping. To read more about how overscheduled kids are destined to become perfectionist adults (riddled with Adultitis), check out this article.
It’s time to cross-reference your recent summertime activities with my list of 11 Things Kids Must Do During Summer. If you would like more ideas, I highly recommend the awesome book, “101 Things Every Kid Should Do Growing Up,” by Alecia T. Devantier. These ideas are not limited to the under 18 crowd, so feel free to bring back some childhood memories by tackling these on your own without the company of kids. (I’m not sure about adults sitting at a lemonade stand, though.)
1. Sleep outside. If you missed the Great American Backyard Campout a few weeks ago, grab the sleeping bag and get going.
2. Have a water fight, preferably barefoot. You don’t need those fancy super soakers. We used to soak each other with the hose and empty shampoo, syrup, and dish soap bottles. Fill a few balloons while you’re at it.
4. Create an obstacle course, dragging out whatever you can find in the garage to make one of a kind challenges.
5. Play flashlight tag.
6. Have a lemonade stand.
7. Have a picnic in your backyard.
8. Climb a tree.
9. Be allowed to be bored. The most creative projects are born from “boring” afternoons.
10. Catch lightning bugs.
11. Make homemade chocolate chip cookies and mix the dough with your hands.
By the way, one of the added benefits of providing these activities for your kids (or doing them yourselves) is that the childlike excitement is contagious, helping you escape adulthood, and it builds your immunity against Adultitis.
Which one will you pick today?
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