Yes, technically, we are still in winter. However, kids everywhere and of every age are looking forward to the end of the school year. While parents and grandparents, on the other hand, are getting ready for the onslaught of the exclamation “I’m so bored!!”
Are you ready for the summer? Can you say you’ve got it down pat and ready to go? The kids are coming and they have twice as much energy as we do. Below are three great ideas to keep them busy in the summer months and how to prepare for them.
Most of us can’t remember a summer where we didn’t go swimming at least once. In the mountains, kids run for the local blue hole. In the suburbs, it seems almost every home is decorated with a backyard pool. In the city, fitness clubs abound and so do the swimplexes.
It’s the quickest way to cool off on a hot day and a great way to hang out with friends and family. Now is the time to start preparing. If you own a pool, make sure to go ahead and get the big maintenance issues out of the way. If you plan to do renovations, it will probably take you until the summer to get things in shape.
So, again, now is a good time to begin. It’s never too early to stock up on sunblock. With the threat of skin cancer growing with each burn, sunblock is second in prevention only to never going outside at all. With any swimming adventure, it’s a good idea to make sure everyone can swim. Start taking your tadpoles for lessons at the closest YMCA.
Another adventure on the water that picks up in the summer is fishing. Boat dot the local lakes like a Dalmatian dog. Dad’s are taking their son out and teaching them the ropes. Families are spending time away from electronic addictions and some teenagers get together and hang out on the water to see who can catch the biggest bass.
Here, again, stock up on the sunblock. Also, make sure everyone who wants to fish has their own pole. Now’s the time to start stocking up on lures, bobs, hooks, and weights. Start the conversation with younger fishing buddies about how to cast and bait a hook.
Also, teach them about respecting wildlife and the surrounding ecosystems. When summer gets here, you might be surprised to find yourself fishing with a budding Luke Claussen.
And ATVs! Oh, My!!
Growing in popularity among teenagers is the use of ATVs. With all the time in the world to ride in the summer, they have the perfect opportunity to leave at dawn and stay outside all day exploring the outdoors through ready-made trails. Some take a lot of pride in creating their own trails. Even riding in the rain is no problem.
For most, it is a welcomed cool down for a hot day. If you have a youngster interested, there are a few things you should know and prepare for now. Most ATVs are not to be operated by anyone under the age of 16. A helmet is more than a good idea. It really could mean the difference between life and death and it is the law to wear one in most states.
One more time. . . sunblock. Also, if your teenager is going to be riding in the woods (where most trails are,) now would be a great time to begin educating them about the local wildlife and the dangers of it.
Make sure that while they are out, they know how to respect the land they are on, the machine they are driving, and the people who are with them. ATVs can be a blast to drive if you respect the entire situation and are responsible.
Summer might seem like a faraway reprieve, but taking the time now to prepare for the break could create a path to amazing seamless summer memories. It will also mean less bored kiddos and more relaxed adults.