Summer Recharge

May is the new December. Flooded by after school-activities, state testing, and end-of-the-year deadlines, most of us burnout. Some consider it a sprint to the finish line, but in our house it’s more of a crawl.

The good news is that we made it!

Summer is the perfect time for families to slow down and reconnect. You probably won’t succeed in either goal if you immediately slip into bad screen habits. After all, it’s difficult to have rich face-to-face interaction while your kid is playing Minecraft. So start summer strong by scheduling tech free time.
Board Games

If you think “boring” when you think of board games, it’s time for a hardware update. While old standards like ClueLife, and Jenga still delight, the world of board games has exploded since you were a kid. Board games are great tools for teaching life skills like taking turns, working together, making decisions, dealing with consequences, and being a good sport. Plus they are fun!

Some of our new favorites include:
– Tsuro
Single Player Games
As Dr. Seuss predicted, “All alone! Whether you like it or not, alone is something you’ll be quite a lot!” Fortunately, more and more games are being designed with solo play in mind.
Some include:
– Friday
Reading
Loosing yourself in a good story is the ultimate summer indulgence. Focus on making summer reading FUN as opposed to overly educational. Find books on subjects that interest your kids or tie into your summer vacation plans. If you have a reluctant reader, try audio books or even a kindle if it sells them on the idea.
Take children to the library or bookstore to browse. Need some ideas? Check out the New York Public Library’s list of 100 best children’s books or the 2018-2019 Georgia Children’s Book Award Nominees for grades 4 – 8.
Family Reading 
Even after children learn to read by themselves, it is fun to read aloud together. Books provide fantastic dinner conversation, and are a low-cost way to entertain an entire family.
 
Solo Reading, Together
Schedule time to sit down and read different books in the same room. It’s surprisingly enjoyable!
Get Outside
Encourage your kids to get outside before noon. Visit local trail for a shady hike or hit the pool. Stock-pile tech time for afternoon boredom and summer storms.
It’s Time to Walk the Walk 
For this month’s Walk the Walk invest in a summer mindset
  • Take your kids to browse at a bookstore or the library. 
  • Schedule a weekly (or monthly) family game night.
  • Brainstorm ways to lead by example this summer. With some planning  — and will power — you can encourage a stress-free summer mindset that does not revolve around technology.
As always, encourage your family to Walk the Walk — one step at a time.
Until Next Time,
Marla
chick*u*do, co-founder
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