Summer time isn’t just a time to plan activities for your kids, it’s also a great time to rejuvenate your family and bring you closer together, and rejuvenate yourself. It can be a chance to recharge your batteries so you’re ready to go when school starts again.
In this article we’re going to focus on relationships, health and mental well-being
We prefer a 3-prong summer planning approach. Consider concentrating on each of these crucial areas. Doing so will leave you feeling less frazzled in the Fall when when it’s time for the kids to go back to school.
Review these concepts to help you establish a three-pronged summer action plan to reconnect and rejuvenate your family this Summer. Focus on these areas:
Create Special Family Moments
Use a calendar and create a plan to spend more time together on nights and weekends. You could even go so far as to designate a night of the week for a particular activity. Here are some examples:
* Wednesday nights are a family sports night.
* Friday nights are for kid-selected motion pictures while eating pizza on the couch.
* Every Saturday night you get together with friends
* Every Sunday afternoon the family goes out for lunch after church.
Plan a family trip with your kids and partner
As a household, brainstorm a list of possible travel adventures – big or small. Then, have everyone help in the planning. Here are more ideas for getting everyone involved.
* Strive to have every member of the family involved in the vacation planning. For example, your 12-year-old can look into the destination on the Internet. Your 5-year-old can help bundle snacks for travel time.
* As a family you can read books or watch videos on your travel destination.
* After you watch videos, read books and everyone is super excited, go through the family and ask each member to share one thing they specifically want to be sure to do on this vacation.
Do a house improvement project as a family
It’s not as much fun as a vacation, but hey, working on family projects sure does bring a family closer together. Ask each member to help select a project from a list of options you’ve put together. You’ll improve relationships in your home while teaching kids the relevance of hard work and cooperation. Then celebrate at the end of the project with something special like ice cream, a movie night or special day out.
Make time for those you love most
Rejuvenate this summer by strengthening relationships that are the most important to you.
Rekindle that flame in your marriage by scheduling a few date nights this Summer, or a weekend getaway for just the two of you. Want more ideas on getting the love back? Check out For the Love of Love.
Have a date with your kids. Give each child a little one-on-one time. This can be as simple as taking a walk together or going to an area park. Or you can go all out and take your “date” out to dinner, get dressed up or go to a movie or event. Get more ideas in the article 30 Extremely Easy Ways to Show Your Child Love.
Reconnect with relatives. Plan that family reunion you’ve been thinking about but have never done. Or get going on that vacation with relatives that you’ve been putting off.
Catch up with your besties. Get dolled up for a night out with the girls. Or spend an evening with your besties and a favorite chic-flick. The point is to spend time together and enjoy each other’s company.
Establish a plan of healthy physical self-development
Write down your plan and refer to it to inspire you. What do you want to create in your physical well-being this Summer? Maybe you want to tone and enhance your legs. Think about taking dance lessons, going for a jog four times a week, or working out with leg weights and a personal fitness instructor.
When you concentrate on a specific body part for a couple of months, you’ll be amazed at the progress you’ll make. You may want to check out our Simple Hacks to Build New Habits.
Focus on nutrition
Establish three basic ways you’ll increase your positive dietary intake this summer. Maybe you’ve realized you drink too many sugary drinks – and this Summer you intend to try out Super Easy Soda Alternative.
Here are more ideas:
* Start something fun to increase vitamins and minerals such as juicing – then grab our free book the 5 Common Juicing Mistakes You Should Avoid.
* Maybe this is the summer you train yourself to drink more water. To help you do that, start with our article that has 6 Amazingly Useful Ways to Drink More Water.
* Maybe this is the Summer you actually try Apple Cider Vinegar and like it because you’ve read all of those crazy amazing health benefits.
Plug into your faith
Even if it’s just for 10 minutes in the morning before anyone else wakes up. There is real power when you connect with God, especially first thing in the morning. This time of year the air is sweet and fresh and warm. Use these summer months to get going a little earlier, and get connected.
Read one self-help book each month
Reading can be an easy way to relax and rejuvenate this summer. And it’s been show to work faster than other methods of relaxation such as music or walking. If finding time to read is a difficult, try reading later at night after the kids are in bed. Or maybe set aside 20 minutes each day just for you and your book. Let your family know of your plans, and then make it happen.
Choose books that you are excited to read, or work on a new skill you’ve been wanting to master. Do you need some inspiration? Then check out these two great articles – The Best Parenting Books You’ll Want to Read Again & Again – and – Must Read Books for Moms.
Give technology a rest
Perhaps one of the easiest ways to rejuvenate this summer is to give technology a rest. Give yourself at least one day a week where you put your phone away. I have one friend who actually has her husband hide her phone every Sunday. Do what you have to do to give it a break and let yourself just “be” for a day.
Maybe take a break from social media for a day, or a week. Let friends and family know of your plans then make the break.
Studies like this one in the National Library of Medicine, show being “plugged in” all the time can create undue stress, spike cortisol levels and create unhealthy mental states.