Here we go — only a couple more months and they’re back in school. WHAT??
No one would be calloused enough to say that out loud the first week of summer vacation, but I know at least one mom that secretly wonders ‘how long’ this 24/7 Social Director/Cook/Supplier-of-All-Needs/and Boredom-Conqueror-Job will last.
But I beg you, don’t let this summer get away without a plan. Your family needs some time together spent more creatively than at home or at the pool.
It’s summer vacation. Don’t fill it up with busyness, but make some plans. I’m not talking about jumping off big – just a little dip into the strange and wonderful world of family adventure. We call it AWE – Adventure With Engagement, because after all, everything goes off pretty smoothly in life until you add the people. And then, it’s the wild west and you are slinging around your sassy lip and six-gun trying to control things.
You don’t have to jump right into a world trip like we did, but unless you take a step toward AWE, you will look back at the summer of ’17 when you stayed stuck. There are so many close-to-home things to do with your family to drum up AWE:
At the beach, (or near a stream, lake or river) rent a salt-water metal detector and at low tide push your way onto the shoreline. There is nothing quite as exciting as hearing the sound the detector makes when you find a treasured ‘thing-a-ma-bob.’ Better yet, seed the earth with weird little hardware to be found by young kids. I know a lady whose favorite beach vacation activity is to plant hidden treasures for early morning seashell hunters. She gets up at dark-thirty and “seeds the beach” with store-bought oversized conch shells. From her front row beach chair, she sits with her morning coffee and shares the adventure with complete strangers as they find treasures.
Make a family plan before the summer is over. Hike a different path, get mud and gook under your fingernails, climb a hill or a tree because it is there, offer your family’s help to a Camp for underprivileged kids, feed the hungry, seed the beach. Love to hear your quirky ideas.
Seek the Treasure.