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I was never the Mom who could hardly wait for her kids to go back to school. I have always loved having my entire family around me at home as much as possible, creating strong family ties and making memories.
I know that some families have had school start already, others are starting this week, some not until much later in the month. But, the time flies when it comes to family time together and some children really stress out about starting school. Giving them that feeling of family togetherness, love and support can help them cope with life at school as the new school year begins. Even though I hated sending my children back to school on the inside, on the outside I tried to be excited and encouraging and let them know that our family was there to help them be successful.
We were blessed over the last couple of weeks to have some of our grandchildren with us during these last days before school. We had so much fun together going to the waterpark, swimming and crafting. We played old school Wii and had bowling tournaments and fun on the Wii Fit. We watched our watermelon grow in the garden (no ripe ones yet, darn it!). We also did 1/2 hour of reading every morning AND, we did a bunch of little activities that cost very little, but were super fun! Having cousins together was also a highlight of our time together.
My message to you in this post is to find little ways to help your kids squeeze every minute of fun and enjoyment out of their summer. Even if they have already started school, many of these activities could easily be done in the evening or on a weekend and would be a respite from the homework grind!
The adults also joined into this competition!
Do you have any end of summer traditions that you do with your kids that squeezes in one more fun activity that starts them out in school with happy memories? Please share them with us in the comments!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!