Summer Fun

I arrived the first morning wearing my typical tight-fitting Lycra shorts and pink sleeveless jersey. Clearly, I missed the
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Summertime, and the livin' is easy. And in the summertime, the fun can also be free. Read on to see the 31 free and fun things you can do this summer if you're on a budget.
Around here, Mom gets a bum rap. Dad is the fun one, doing all the tickling and wrestling and ball-throwing in the house. I'm that shadow in the background sweeping up the shards of the vase they just knocked over.
There are some great opportunities for kids to have fun in the sun this summer, all while keeping their minds active and ready for the school year ahead.
Don't get me wrong; I believe in education. I make sacrifices for my kids' education. School opens doors. An education is a gift no one can take away. I know all this. But between you and me -- and please don't tell my kids -- I'm a summer mom.
For children ages 4 to 13, the end of the school year means... summer vacation! But, given their age, they can't handle being completely off schedule. Even though they may not know it, they really do need a routine, most of the time.
Most parents know that kids should not abandon all learning during the summer lest they lose the reading, writing, and math skills they worked so hard to gain during the school year. While there is no need to turn summer into a version of summer homeschooling, summer is a good time to allow kids to learn in a less structured, more fun way.
This summer, I am going to notice my children as they notice the world in the timeframe of summer -- when the days are long and the schedule is gone.