by MCF Clinical Supervisor Ronnie Biemans, MA, LCPC
We are deep into the summer now. Phew! What do you do with those kids when the temperatures soar and school is out? How do you keep your sanity and enjoy your family time as much as possible? We often get so preoccupied getting kids scheduled and constructively occupied that we forget that the down time of the summer also offers us important opportunities to enjoy one another. Think about rediscovering your favorite activities from your own childhood, whether it’s enjoying a sticky ice cream cone, a family game night, summer fireworks, or playing hide-and-go-seek.
Remember to savor, enjoy and connect as a family. You will all benefit from taking time away from daily stressors for even a few minutes. When you practice self-care, you give permission for others to do the same.
Whether you’re at home or away, here are some suggestions for the whole family:
- Take slow walks in the summer evening listening for the sounds around you
- Catch some fireflies
- Make bubbles and watch them float
- Spend time lying on a blanket, and study the clouds together. What shapes do you see?
- Star gaze – Choose a night without clouds and find an open space. Gaze and breathe deep.
"And so, with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer." —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby