Blog Post by: Kali Willows
So here, in the land of weather you can get sunburn one day and frost bite the next, summer is finally almost upon us with occasional bouts of excessive heat, then bone chilling cold. Just weeks before the minions are free of school for another year and the last minute panic of “what do we plan to keep them occupied?”
I’m a traditional parent in many senses of the phrase, but summer planning is a double edge sword for me. We live in the rural countryside, complete with open space, lots of green land and mosquitoes big enough to carry small children away. Our family canoes, camps and hikes, so what traditional summer plans can we make that aren't readily accessible in our own back yard? We have BBQ’s and bond fires on a weekly basis. We bathe in sun screen and bug spray several times a day. We run the hose over the trampoline to make a hot day really fun, or watch movies to avoid scathing heat.
Last year, I bit the bullet and took the reins for a scheduled summer filled with swimming lessons, day camp, a week of overnight camp and the usual summer fun stuff. We invest in Badminton and soccer for the yard, water guns are a must and who doesn't love a good Smores by the fireside? Feeling like supermom last summer, I was quite pleased with myself to have them booked up and busy with the exception of the first and last week of summer to allow some breathing time for transition to and from school.
To my horror, my children who bore easily in the lack of planning, were overwhelmed and didn’t want to do half the things we planned. When is a good thing too much? This year, I’ve settled down and will pursue more swimming lessons and maybe a little sporadic day camp, but short of travelling to the big city and blowing wads of cash on trips to Marine Land, Niagara Falls, museums and the Science Centre, what else is a parent to do?
I’d love to hear about your Canadian summer plans. Where will you go? What will you do? How do you manage to find a happy balance in entertaining your kids for two months out of school?
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