We all know that kids can be incredibly instructive…. especially when it comes to teaching us the art of slowing down, paying attention to the small details that make life worthwhile, and making the most of a summer vacation. So while we are only halfway-through our summer break, here are are the 5 lessons that my kids have already taught me this summer!
1. Be Carefree!
My daughter decided to build a “fairy house” to welcome the fairies and see if they would pay her a visit. I didn’t have the heart to tell her that perhaps she should have selected a different box from the recycling bin! But as my Momof6 Facebook friends pointed out… fairies are indeed “carefree” creatures- so this fairy house “theme” was quite fitting!
2. Be Spontaneous!
Sure, it was a 98+ degree day when I received the email from our local minor-league baseball team offering free tickets to an afternoon game- so I put the question to the kids… would they mind baking in the sun to watch one of their favorite teams play? Heck no Mom- we don’t mind! Bring it ON! We went and we had a blast!
3. Be Flexible!
On a recent overnight camping trip, we had planned to spend our second day tubing down the Delaware River. But when we learned that a tragic accident had occurred on the river the day before, we knew it was time to figure out “Play B”…. or as my husband likes to say, “When given lemons, make lemonade.” Remembering a billboard we had seen the day before for a local waterpark… we decided to head there instead. And even though the day started off rainy, and temperatures never reached above 70 degrees all day long- we decided to just go for it- and have fun. Our favorite water slide was the 8-lane racing slide where we could all line up as a family, each take a lane, and see who could reach the bottom of the slide first!
4. Be Creative!
This summer, Steve and the kids are tackling a project that we have long wanted to do… make a cool (permanent) fort in the backyard. They are only in the early stages of their fort-building right now- but at last they are on their way!
5. Be Happy!
My kids came up with the coolest idea for a birthday present for their Mom…. they wrote, staged, and then performed live their very own birthday play… called “Princess Mom”! While I don’t intend on sharing their video here (c’mon… it is personal to me!), I did take a quick screen-grab of one of the scenes, as it was performed the night of my birthday when we were camping!
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