August is here, and summer is on the way out. As the weather starts to cool, the kids head back to school and the fun and bonding of summer drifts away until the holiday season starts. Taking these last few weeks or days, depending on when school is back in session, is important. It sets the tone for the rest of the year. If you’re looking for some ideas on how to end the summer on the right note, check out our list below!
1. Dedicate Family Night
Decide on one night a week that will be dedicated to family activates. This can be pretty much anything you all like to do together, like a family walk, movie night or card games. The idea is to have one night each week when you simply spend time together. Fostering this bond with your kids and partner helps create a solid foundation to get everyone through rougher times.
2. Go Camping
A night out with no TV, phones or computers can do wonders for your relationships. Real camping is both cheap and amazing. All you need is a tent, sleeping bags, food and clothes. The rest is optional. The combination of fresh air and exercise is great for adults, and it’s the best recipe to get the kids to zonk out early. There are plenty of other health benefits of camping as well, so pack up and get going.
3. Take Pictures
Adults aren’t the only ones who like to take pictures. Kids have a unique perspective of the world, both from their height and the things they find interesting. Give the kids an old digital camera and let them be in charge of the pictures for a few days. You might be surprised at the images they get. Plus, it gives the kids a creative outlet. You never know who might turn out to be the next Ansel Adams!