Summer’s Here! What do YOU need?

j0178459Here in the Northern Hemisphere, the days are getting longer, trees are green, flowers are blooming. If your kids are in school, school is ending. Travel plans are in the works, perhaps, even if just to the local zoo for an afternoon.

All these changes bring about a different set of challenges for parents, whether you’re a working parent or stay at home parent. Even homeschooling parents find there is a different rhythm to the days in the summertime.

I recently asked parents on Facebook what they were concerned about and almost universally it was how to handle technology this summer. And one mom who also wanted some travel help (stat!) as she was currently on a trip with her husband and two children and was “practically freebasing sugar” to get through the trip. (This family is normally sugar-free and gluten-free and the mom had recently posted a picture of them all eating donuts….) No judgment. I think we’ve all been there. (For me, stress plus the “hot” sign at Krispy Kreme spells sugar coma…)

What I want… Notice child is outside in nature, making up his own game with sand and rocks…

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What my boys want… Food to come to them while they’re plugged into their respective screens… 

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I’m sure that’s not entirely true. They want to do some other things, as well. But sometimes it sure feels this way!

We do have some trips planned for my boys this summer, but I’m pretty sure that both my boys are busy coming up with their online gaming and Netflix plans. All the while, I’m trying to figure out how to find some balance (for me and them)- allowing them to create their own time to do what they want and still spend some time together as a family.

Ack. It’s always somehow about balance. I feel like maybe tightrope walking over the Grand Canyon might be easier. I want my kids to get outside and enjoy nature, but I’m not into forcing them. I want to collaborate with them and find something that works well for all of us. I want to create something that doesn’t discount my needs or their needs. 

What’s up in your world right now? What are your biggest challenges for the summer time? (Summer scheduling of activities, travel, trying to work, perhaps spending more time together as a family, technology (and limits), more free time to contend with, sibling challenges, or something else…)

Please share in the comments. And invite your friends to come share their challenges, too. I think we’ll see that we’re all in the same boat! 

Rebecca Thompson Hitt

Rebecca is the founder of The Consciously Parenting Project, LLC, and author of 3 books (Consciously Parenting: What it really Takes to Raise Emotionally Healthy Families, Creating Connection: Essential Tools for Growing Families through Conception, Birth and Beyond, and Nurturing Connection: What Parents Need to Know about Emotional Expression and Bonding), numerous classes and recordings, and the former co-host of a radio show, True North Parents.


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