Have you been abiding by the ‘summer rules’? Later bedtimes, ice cream before dinner, that sort of thing? It isn’t too late you know. We have one month of summer left, so let’s make it a good one! August tends to fly by even faster than June and July, so make every day count! This season is all about fun, making memories and spending time with your family.
In case you need a little inspiration, I’ve come up with 10 essential rules every parent should follow for the summer months. It’s a list that keeps on growing and I’m sure you have a few of your own traditions and activities that you like to do year after year. This is the baby and toddler version, but it could easily be used for just about any age.
Eat Ice Cream Before Dinner
Forget the “after dinner” dessert rules! Enjoy a cool treat in the mid-afternoon instead.
Visit The Splash Pad
Hit up your local splash pad to cool off. It’s a fun outing for little ones and keeps them comfortable on hot days.
Make New Friends
Meet new friends! Furry ones are especially fun to play with ;).
Visit Your Local Zoo
We recently visited the Toronto Zoo to check out their new panda exhibit. My son and girls were in their glory! I wish we would have gone sooner.
Make messes, lots and lots of fun messes. Let loose and play, and let your baby go to town with finger paints or play-dough. Something as simple as a pan of water can be loads of fun!
Discover Your Town
You’d be surprised at what you can find in your own town. Visit a museum, try out a play group, take your toddler to a new park. There are all sorts of attractions and activities that are in close proximity, you just have to look for them.
Take An Impromptu Road Trip
The time is now. Pick a place, any place, and take the baby on a road trip! You have to go on at least one before the summer is out. It’s a rule!
Go On An Adventure
Visit your local tourism bureau and flip through one of the guides. Pick a location or an event and take the kids on an adventure.
Swim In The Lake
There’s something oh so summery about swimming in a lake — and they tend to have shallow areas that are perfect for babies.
Visit The Park Again & Again
It’s an obvious activity, but one worth mentioning. Visit the park not once, not twice, not three times, but over and over again. Go to several different parks and try out a few in different towns. I promise, the babies will never tire of it!