5 Tips to Stay Sane this Summer
The school year is winding down, or for some, already over. After the last-day-of-school celebration comes the anxiety of waiting on the inevitable: “I’m Bored”. Just reading those two words makes your stomach queasy and upends every hair on your body! In the beginning, you actually believe you are prepared with a bounty of activities to shield yourself against this vicious attack on your emotional well being. You joined the pool, have a library card for rainy days, bought out the local craft store, filled your pinterest boards, and planned a family vacation. Alas, in the end, the tidal wave of minutes to fill is too overwhelming, no matter how prepared you look on paper. So, just for parents, just for fun, our staffers thought up a few things to help us all stay sane and survive the Summer of 2015.
5) Camp Grandma. Or Camp Godparent, Camp Auntie, Camp Anybody. Just send them for a weekend (or a week like one of our lucky staffers does every summer). It is strongly believed that the instant grandkids enter the world, grandparents inherit the super power of always being interesting, fun…just all around better. Now sit back and enjoy some ‘me time’.
4) Create a play-list of music from your high school years. You know, ones which you know all the words. Play it loudly and sing at the top of your lungs. The stress relief is unbelievable and your kids will probably go hide somewhere to talk about how silly, weird, or crazy you are. Hey, they are getting along in that moment, so bask in it!
3) Send them outside without digital devices *gasp. Sounds like ancient torture doesn’t it? Own the feeling. Yes, it’s old school, but generations before them survived.
2) Fein a 24 hour illness. Yep, we said it. Enjoy being waited on for a day while you invent new ways to keep your kids entertained for days after your miraculous recovery. However, use with caution! This should only be used in case of emergency. Always remember, kiddos seem to see right through more than one day of this tactic.
1) Wine for a whine. Isn’t that how the old saying goes? Cheers!
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