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Summer brings a mix of relief and dread. I’m relieved because the kids are done with school. No more agonizing over homework, spirit days, and science fair projects. Dread because I worry about the amount of time they’re on their screens.
As a work at home parent, I still have tasks and deadlines each day. When the kids were younger, I stayed up until the wee hours working so I could spend the daylight hours with them. My older brain can’t manage late hours without a pot of coffee. Plus, they’re more self-sufficient (read: less likely to hurt themselves) and can even feed themselves now. I can let them do their own thing while I work.
Parenting is all about juggling many balls. This summer, I’m making a compromise. I still have work to do, but I’m prioritizing family time. I’ll group my tasks in order to be more productive and work more efficiently. The kids will be responsible for their breakfast and most lunches. We’ll get out of the house and spend time outdoors for a couple of hours everyday, weather permitting.
This summer our family is vowing to get outdoors more often. More summer adventures away from screens!
Our first adventure: attempt to learn tennis.
My husband was thrilled when Jaxson expressed an interest in tennis. I also learned that my husband was a huge tennis fan during his teenage years. He watched all the various tennis opens and followed different players. After being together for 20 years, I’m still learning new things about him!
Wait, learning a new sport can be expensive, you say. Yes it can be. We tapped into our county’s public resources. Our parks have tennis courts available on a first-come, first-served basis. We picked up used tennis rackets and balls from the thrift store. If the kids fell in love with the sport, we could invest in newer, better equipment.
Tip: Borrow or purchased used sports equipment to test your child’s interest in a new sport. Check thrift stores, Craigslist, or garage sales.
I packed some snacks, including Stonyfield Organic Yogurt Pouches. They are quickly becoming a favorite snack for the kids. Choco-Mooo is the flavor of choice for both, but they also like strawberry banana.
At first I was worried that they’d outgrown Stonyfield Kids products. They were a staple when Sophia and Jaxson were much younger. The fun packaging and characters on the pouches make them more appealing to my kids. Hey, marketing works!
My kids love the yogurt because it’s a fun, portable way to eat yogurt. I’m happy that they enjoy a snack that is USDA organic and made from pasture raised, non-GMO milk. Stonyfield yogurt contains live cultures and has 25% to 35% less sugar than other kids’ yogurt. We’re all winning!
Use Stonyfield product locator to see where you can find Stonyfield Organic Yogurt Pouches.
Tip: Freeze the yogurt pouches for hot days. They’ll melt just enough for frozen-yogurt style treat. OR you can you make “dippin’ dots.”
We had a blast hitting some balls on Father’s Day. Actually it was more like a couple of volleys before someone chased down the balls. None of us are very good at tennis, but we had fun. Though I’m not sure if any of them will ask for tennis lessons any time soon.
Make sure to apply plenty of sunscreen–even when it’s cloudy. My husband used to think that black skin doesn’t burn. (It does.) It’s hard for our family to find a sunscreen that doesn’t turn their skin ashy (aka leave a white film), but we were pleasantly surprised by Badger Kids Sunscreen.
Badger Kids Sunscreen has 30 SPF and comes lightly scented in tangerine and vanilla. Almost like a cremesicle. The sunscreen is thick, so it won’t run all over the place. It did mean we had to rub pretty hard to apply it on the kids–but not more more than other sunscreens.
Here Jaxson tries to guess which of Sophia’s arm we applied Badger sunscreen. Can you tell? (The arm closer to Jaxson has sunscreen). It blended it in very well and did not leave a white film on our family’s skin. Maybe a slight one on my husband’s skin, but it was less noticeable than other sunscreens.
We’re definitely packing Badger Sunscreen for all of our outdoor summer adventures!
If you’re wondering, I did try to play tennis with my husband and kids, but athleticism is not my strong suit. Math, yes. Sports, no.
What matters most is that we had fun together as a family.
Are you planning any summer adventures for your family?