Parenting coach Dr. Laura Markham recently posted an article about how to "make this the best summer ever with your kids."
Several of her tips would work well for everyone -- children in the house or not!
Here are my favorite ideas as inspired by Dr. Markham -- I've adapted them for us adults. See which ones resonate with you, and perhaps a guru of happy parenting can help you be a happier fundraiser!
1) Encourage yourself to try something new this summer.
"There's no time like the summer to dabble, experiment, and play with creativity," says Dr. Markham.
A few weeks ago, I took a surfing lesson. It resulted in a banged-up knee, and a new sense of confidence that I CAN learn to do new things! The knee's now healed, but I'm hoping the boost of confidence is here to stay.
What would you love to just try out? Summer's the time to sign up for a one-time class or go on a quick local adventure!
2) Strictly limit technology to certain times of the day.
Yes, you might be working full time this summer and can't get away from computer screens during the day, but why not consider going offline at home?
You've got all winter to watch Netflix movies... so perhaps you can enjoy your evenings outside in August!
3) Make time for reading new-to-you books.
August is a wonderful time for reading. The whole world seems to slow down a bit, inviting you to get lost in a book during your downtime.
Looking for some suggestions? I love this 2015 summer reading guide from Modern Mrs. Darcy.
4) Plan some fantastic summer memories, even if you don’t have the money or time to head off on vacation.
"Don't wait," advises Dr. Markham. "The key is to get out a calendar and schedule the things you really want to do. Here’s a list of ideas to get you started:
- Buy a badminton set and have a weekend tournament for all your friends and family, complete with a potluck barbecue.
- Rent bikes and follow a local bike path you’ve never been on. Stop for ice cream cones.
- Go camping. Go hiking, catch fireflies, roast marshmallows, sing songs, snuggle on a blanket and watch the fire together.
- Go tubing. Or canoeing. Or rafting.
- Have a dinner picnic and watch the sunset (bring the bug repellent.)
- Go to bed really early some night when you’re tired, and get up for the sunrise. Bring donuts and coffee.
- Make homemade ice cream. (You don't need an ice cream maker, just rock salt and plastic bags; there are recipes online.)
- Buy a mess of crabs and cook them up with some corn on the cob."
Are you inspired yet? Grab your calendar and start writing down what you want to do!
5) The last week of the summer, print out all your favorite summer photos and make a summer album.
I love this idea, because in the age of camera phones and Facebook, we're all less likely to take the step to print our photos.
When you print your summer photos, be sure to set one aside to frame for your office!
Place it somewhere where you can see it often... to remind you of the summer that you took care of yourself and looked after your own happiness!