The summer, while meant to be relaxing and calming, can easily be the most stressful time for those of us with kids. Instead of lovely days lounging by the pool, we’re packing the Suburban full of kids, and hauling them off to playdates, summer camps, birthday parties, and school orientation. By time Labor Day rolls around, we barely feel as if we’ve connected with our children on their time off, let alone had any time to enjoy the beautiful weather. What’s a woman to do? It’s time for a daycation.
First things first – figure out when is best for your family. Is there a day your kids can miss camp, or a Saturday where there isn’t anything planned? Once you’ve got the date planned, try and check out what the weather is going to be (if it’s within the next ten days, otherwise you might not be able to check!). If you’re thinking of an outdoor activity, you might want to have a backup plan in the case of in-climate weather – nobody wants to be trekking around on a family hike in the pouring rain.
Next, figure out what activity you’d like to do most that you might not have done as a group before. Trips to the local water park, amusement parks, or even to see the minor league baseball team play are always great, and get the family out of the house for some memory-making time. Try to appeal to as many preferences as you can! One great way to plan several day trips is to each pick a place, put them all in a hat, and pick out who goes first, second, third, etc. It provides an easy way to decide where you’re going , but you’ll have to approve the trips before putting them in the hat – someone will ALWAYS request Disneyworld!
Thirdly, try to limit use of electronic devices during your outing – we all tend to get wrapped up in our digital worlds and lose sight of true communication! This is the time for bonding, so make the most of it while you can!
Where are you planning to daycation this year?