I’ve been hearing whisperings and whimpering lately. I’ve heard it in the hobby store as mom on phone was lamenting about it. I heard it in hushed tones around the playground . Summer is coming, and the kids need something to do!
I remember a time in my life when summer meant fun, summer meant different, summer meant adventure. Then I grew up and the meaning of summer faded into adulthood. Now that I’m mother, I want the meaning of summer back. I want adventure! I want to be the cool mom that does amazing stuff with her kids.
Here’s the Idea:
One Super Fun Day a Week
I’ll be honest. I can’t be amazing everyday, but I can manage one Camp Day a week that the kids and I can look forward to.
Have a Budget
I’m giving myself a budget. I’m going to spends a little money on each Day Camp. I really don’t care for blogs that claim amazing activities that do not require money – just a magical closet with an endless supply of construction paper, glue and egg cartons. The point is try to have a budget. It doesn’t need to be large – but give yourself something to work with. (You’ve gotta pay for that construction paper somehow)
Camp Days are Kid Days
On Camp days I’m playing with the kids. Because we’re planning ahead that means, laundry, cleaning, and bills and be completed before camp day. That means the kids and fun are the focus – the dishes can wait. Playing with the kids is one of the reasons I signed up for this mom thing – I want to have fun with them!
Kids can Help
The kids need to pitch in. This isn’t just about you putting on a show for the kids. They should help with the prep for camp day (if they are old enough to). It’s easier to get kids to clean, and chip in if they have a goal in mind.
Screen time is limited
Screen time (TV, ipad, computer) will be limited on Camp Days. The idea is to go out and have an adventure in the world – not stare at a screen. While I may suggest and afternoon matinée for older kids while little ones are napping, the idea of Day camp is to get kids off the couch.