Independent Learning Series - Planning Summer Fun with the Family
Summertime is perfect for spending quality bonding time with the family. This summer, make it a priority to let your kids call the shots on many of the activities that you all do! Not only should they make the suggestions for what the family does on outings, they can do much of the planning, as well. For instance, let’s say your oldest suggests a day at the park. Great idea! But, let’s take it a step further and ask him or her to plan the whole park day out for the family!
Below, you’ll find a fun, helpful and printable form you can hand to your kids which will help cover the bases needed to plan a full day out on the town, or park, pool, hiking and biking trails together.
Creating experiences like this gives your kids an opportunity to lead and know that they’re trusted with making decisions and able to follow through with plans. This benefits them on multiple levels, from helping to build confidence to giving them practice for living on their own, when they’ll have to make all the decisions for themselves. It’s surprising how big of a difference something like this can make for a child’s self-esteem and self worth. You may even find it becomes mirrored in other things you do as a family, like dinner time planning and even cleaning the house.
You may be happily surprised when you see how younger family members react when given tasks for the entire family to do, too, so make sure to include them, as well. It’s fun to let your littler ones plan an arts and crafts day on rainy days, or bubble blowing time in the driveway, or pick a cool science experiment the whole family can do together. Let them take the lead in showing everyone how to do the activity.
Making sure we’re encouraging strong and healthy, well-rounded growth in our kids is so important for them to live their best lives. Building bravery to step out and lead comes from confidence in one’s self that starts in the home.
And really, it’s a win-win all the way around! If the kids are taking the lead on planning and organizing outings and things around the house, that’s just less for mom and dad to have to do! WOOHOO!