When my children were growing up we would make it a priority each year during their spring break to create their summer goal list. By having my children think and plan ahead for the summer vacation season we found ways to fit in many wonderful activities which may have been missed without some forethought.
This activity helped them at an early age to begin to understand the value of goal setting, time management and budgeting. Each skill played an important part in their future and is best learned through practice.
One of the favorite annual traditions was that each would host a warm weather party. It would be their responsibility to create a theme, menu, guest list, invitations, plan for decorations, favors and recruit their siblings to help. The planned event might include costumes, games, pool activities, crafts or scavenger hunts but, was always fun for both
the young party host and their guests. Allowing them early to learn to enjoy the fun and rewards of entertaining was a delight. Important life lessons of inclusivity, generosity and creativity were gained along with many wonderful
memories from those special celebrations.
We most often held these gatherings in the backyard or family room of our home. Party theme ideas can be found in
favorite books, movies or games. Giving your child the honor of being a host or hostess at a young age is a great way to help them learn valuable social skills which can last for a lifetime.
Summer time day trips can be fun, too. Whether an outing at the local pool or going to the beach getting the children involved can make it more fun. They can help pack towels, water toys and of course the all important snacks.