As I picked berries with the kids and watered the garden this morning, watched my daughter waddle around in her summer dress and my son race off with his farmer’s tan, I realized that summer comes with its own set of natural highs.
While summer can be busy and chaotic for families, it is also filled with simple pleasures that bring joy to children and parents alike.
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Here are a few summertime natural highs for our family of small children. Please feel free to add yours to the list!
- The feeling of satisfaction that comes from seeing kids so worn out from playing that they fall asleep the second they lay (or sit) down.
- The smell of baby sunscreen.
- Seeing little girls play in sundresses and floppy hats.
- Ditching the kids’ smelly rubber rain boots for new sandals (which will be smelly just in time to start over with new rain boots).
- Weeks filled with fun activities as everyone comes out of hibernation.
- Children finally getting over the perpetual colds they have had for the past six months.
- Having an excuse to play like a kid and run through the sprinklers.
- Jumping on the trampoline.
- Pool days, even if they are a lot of work.
- Boat rides that don’t require more than two layers of clothing.
- Realizing the house is a lot cleaner since the kids have been spending more time outside.
- Feeling like you aren’t up at ungodly hours of morning or night since the sun is up with you.
- Dryer days equal less mud outside, which results in less muddy footprints inside.
- Turning the kids loose outside instead of trying to keep them occupied and out of trouble inside.
- U-pick (even if you end up purchasing a number of green berries).
- Summer days at the lake.
- Summer days on the river.
- The squeals of excitement that accompany a fish on the hook or in the boat.
- Ditching the household chores to take advantage of a nice day.
- Family vacations.
- Weekend getaways.
- A full, but more relaxed, schedule.
- Eating meals outside, enjoying the nice weather and not having to worry about crumbs and spills.
- The smell of the barbeque and a tasty meal with little effort or cleanup.
- The excitement on the kids’ faces and in their voices as they visit the animals at Wildlife Safari.
- Ice cream.
- Warm days at the coast.
- Happy kids.
- Stepping outside and hearing children’s laughter throughout the neighborhood.
- Seeing the kids have a chance to focus on activities that they enjoy. <