Enjoying the Last week of Summer Vacation
By Mary Kate Cochran
Whether you are a stay-at-home parent or you work full-time, by the end of August most of us are counting the minutes until school starts.
We love our children, but when our days are filled with shopping for school supplies, getting our kids to finish summer reading assignments, it can be difficult to keep our sanity. Most families could use an end of summer boost, so here are a few ways to end summer on a great note.
Take a Mini Vacation – because the rest of the country is preparing to go back to school, the last week of the summer is a great time to visit some popular vacation spots. Washington, DC is empty and hotels are inexpensive the last weeks of August. Camping is also fun, and the weather has usually cooled off a bit. Wherever you go, make sure the trip is short enough for everyone to enjoy it without feeling stressed or worn out, including the parents.
Stay Local – Check out renaissance fairs, movies in the park, and other local events in your neighborhood and nearby towns. Plan a week of activities, or come up with a check list of parks and local sites to visit, and try to get them all done in one week.
Plan a Home Safety Week – Teach your kids home escape routes in case of a fire, and come up with a meeting spot on your street. Install a security alarm in your home and teach older children how to use it. Take a tour of the fire station and/or the police department, and let them ask questions. If your children use computers, make sure your children follow internet safety rules, and that you have filters set up to block inappropriate content.
Create a Summer Scrapbook – If you’ve had a busy summer, you might need some relaxing time at home. Instead of heading out, create a family scrap book to remember the summer, with photos, stories, pictures and mementos from the summer. Everyone can contribute in some way, and it will be a beautiful way to remember the summer.
It’s never easy to entertain your children but the key is to keep them busy. There are always new things to do at home, and ways to create lasting memories everyone will enjoy. Just try to have fun, and don’t worry, school is around the corner.