This summer is shaping up to be different from most of the summers that have come before. With health guidelines recommending that families keep to themselves, avoiding gatherings, and wearing masks, it can be tricky to create a semblance of normalcy. Fortunately, there are still plenty of things you can do to make the most of this COVID-19 summer with your family.
Keep a Routine
One of the best things you can do for your family this summer is to create and keep a routine. Routines help you know what to expect and do next, and children thrive on a set routine. Just in case the idea of a routine has you concerned, having a routine doesn’t have to mean life becomes boring. You can have scheduled times for things like meals and chores, and block out time for activities like games, screen time, and arts and crafts. This allows you to keep a consistent daily schedule while allowing for some flexibility in activities.
Take a Road Trip
If you and your family just need to get away from the house for a bit, a road trip might be in order. One of the great things about road trips is that it makes following the health guidelines pretty easy. You’re all isolated from others outside your home in your car and you can still go out and explore new places. Make sure you’re prepared for your adventures by ensuring that your car is ready to go. Even the smallest windshield crack can quickly grow to be a huge problem. Making sure your tires are in good condition is also wise, as is resolving any mechanical issues that might exist before you set out.
Play Outside Together
If you find yourself wishing your children would just stop tearing through the house like a bunch of hooligans, you’re probably not alone. Some quality playtime outside as a family might be the solution to your problem. As much as you might just want some quiet time to yourself, playing outside with your children will do good things for you as well. It’s good bonding time and will create memories your children will cherish. You might try kicking around a soccer ball together or playing tag. Or you can make a yard-sized game during your scheduled arts and crafts time and play with that as a family once it’s done.
Just because this summer’s shaping up to be different doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. Keeping a solid routine and getting out of the house regularly can do wonders for your family’s health, and your sanity. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find that this summer ends up being the best one yet!
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