Happy June!!! As school draws to an end for the 2017-2018 year, summer awaits 😉 How will your children spend their summer? Many parents are anxious about the upcoming 90 days knowing it can be hard navigating the all to familiar phrase, “I’m bored.” Over at Unplugged Families we are contending for more family connection in this digital world, but how?
First and for most, be proactive. Our kids are so accustomed to turning to their devices when they are bored but we mama’s can set the tone by putting together a plan for your summer. You only have June, July, and August to create fun family memories.
Begin your summer planning with events that have certain dates. Put any vacations, house guests, day trips, holidays, camps, summer visitors, etc. that you already know of on a calendar. Here is a link to summer planning calendars. Also add any important work-related dates, i.e. deadlines, meetings, business travel, etc. Now you have a rough idea how many days or weeks for which you’ll need to make a summer plan.
Gather everyone together for the sole purpose of each family member compiling a bucket list of things they would like to do and then share with one another. Decide together a few things collectively you’d like to accomplish this summer that are both fun and productive. These ideas can be placed in a box or jar where they can be pulled from randomly when looking for something to do.
Below are the suggestions my seventeen-year-old daughter came up with for the summer of 2018:
- Finish the requirements to get my driver’s license so I can drive independently
- Hang out with my friends
- Work, as I need money
- Visit Magnolia in Waco, TX
- Take voice lessons
- Chill with my sisters
- Enjoy summer vacation with my parents
- Attend my church youth group summer camp, July 22-27
- Look at some possible colleges and conservatories to apply at
- Be spontaneous
Yes I have a teenager but I promise to share fun ideas for those of you with children of various ages.
Idea #1 – LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES
Looking for a cool way to spend your hot summer? Many local theatres have family fun movies during the summer. Need help deciding if a movie is appropriate for your child? Check out Common Sense Media, Plugged In, or Kids-In-Mind as they break down how much violence, nudity, language, etc. in most popular movies.
Going to the movie with your little ones can be a fun way to connect as you laugh together and enjoy a respite from the hot summer days.
Summer Movie Express by Regal
Admission is only $1 with a 10 am showtime on Tuesday and Wednesday. Click the links for movie previews.
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The Iron Giant
Week 2 – Tue. Jun 12 to Wed. Jun 13
Ice Age: Collision Course
Week 3 – Tue. Jun 19 to Wed. Jun 20
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Week 4 – Tue. Jun 26 to Wed. Jun 27
Despicable Me 2
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Week 5 – Tue. Jul 3 to Wed. Jul 4
The Lego Movie
Alvin and the Chipmunks
Week 6 – Tue. Jul 10 to Wed. Jul 11
The Peanuts Movie
Week 7 – Tue. Jul 17 to Wed. Jul 18
The LEGO Ninjago Movie
Week 8 – Tue. Jul 24 to Wed. Jul 25
The Secret Life of Pets
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Week 9 – Tue. Jul 31 to Wed. Aug 1
The Lego Batman Movie
AMC 2018 Summer Movie Classic
For ONLY $4 you get the movie ticket and a KidsPack with snacks and a drink!!! Showtime is 10 am
Week 1 – Wed. Jun 6
Week 2 – Wed. Jun 13
Week 3 – Wed. Jun 20
The Lego Batman Movie
Week 4 – Wed. Jun 27
Week 5 – Wed. Jul 11
Week 6 – Wed. Jul 18
Despicable Me 3
Week 7 – Wed. Jul 25
Week 8 – Wed. Aug 1
Nut Job 2
Having something to look forward to is a great way to incent kids. So pencil in on your calendar the movies your crew wants to see this summer. We’d love to hear what movies you plan to see and why?