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Summer is (almost) here!

Chantal Standafer

June is here! It may have just begun and summer may still be a few weeks away. But for me, our summer schedule is here, and in my mind that means that summer has arrived. I am so excited about that!

During the school year our schedule gets so full with regular commitments. All of my weekly commitments, such as my MOPS mom group, ended in May and will not resume until mid-September. Yes, I'm a little sad to see some of that routine go away. But that disappointment is far outweighed by a sense of freedom. Sometimes I just need a break! 

And with this extra time I have grand plans: we're going to take time to explore our city and go on adventures. Not climbing mountains kinds of adventures, but ones that are perfect for pint-sized munchkins. Honestly, the kids think going to the library is a fantastic adventure, so we'll definitely do that a lot. And take the train. I do not have a huge bucket list for things to do, but that's ok. I want to leave room for their suggestions and to be more spontaneous. Some days that may mean just creating an adventure in the backyard.

Now that I have an idea of what I want to do, I also need to be sure to guard myself from my usual pitfalls. Generally, this is wanting to check things off of my to-do list. Or starting one thing in the house, which then spirals into other tasks. At the end of the day I look back, disappointed that we didn't get to do this activity or the other. I don't want that to be the case this summer. So my plan is that for days we plan to do an excursion, I'll have a goal time to head out of the house. I'll have to prioritize my tasks. If meeting that time (or time window) means not doing my makeup, well that's just fine. 

This also does not mean that I'll be catering to my kids and just doing what they want all summer long. They absolutely do not need to be entertained, and they certainly do not need to be engaging with me all the time! But when we do get out of the house, particularly for something stimulating where they get to explore and run around, the rest of our day goes much smoother. They're a little tired and might even nap or have quiet time. And their attitudes tend to be better. Um, yes please! 

So yes, I'm so excited that summer is here. Yes, I'm looking forward to the nice sunny, warm weather. But I am really so excited to explore with our almost 2 and 4 year olds. There's nothing quite like seeing life through their eyes, and having some quality time and fun. 

How are you feeling about the upcoming summer? What are your big plans? 

 

Road Tripping with Kids

Laura Hahn

Selfie from our recent weekend trip to NYC.

Selfie from our recent weekend trip to NYC.

With summer around the corner, vacation has definitely been on my mind. It’s always nice to get away for a bit, even if it’s just for the weekend. We’ve done our fair share of road trips, and I’ve found that compared to flights, they’re actually pretty easy with kids since you don’t have to worry about them bothering other people, and you have more space and flexibility. Road trips are also more financially feasible since once they turn 2 years old, you have to pay for your child's seat on an airplane. We do have some travel tips for flying with two kids, but here are some things you’ll want to have when preparing for your road trip:

  • Entertainment. Have your music playlists ready. I use Spotify, but any other music app or even CDs will do. A playlist specifically for the trip can help make memories and remind you of the fun you (hopefully) had while driving. We try to wait as long as possible to give our son the iPad, but it’s definitely been a lifesaver in traffic and I have downloaded new apps before a long trip. If you have a van with a DVD player, you probably don’t even need to be reading this post since you’ve got it handled. But since there's more space in a car, feel free to bring games, coloring stuff, and books. You can even make an activity station and a makeshift desk for older kids.

  • Snacks. Absolutely necessary. We usually pack one reusable grocery bag with all the snacks and food related items (extra sippy cup/bottle) we’ll need. If you have space, you can even bring a cooler. By all means pack some grown up snacks (you can eat these when the kids fall asleep), but definitely bring some fresh fruit in a tupperware, along with nuts, cereal bars, pouches, etc. Don’t forget water and other drinks. Make sure you also have a bag for trash and napkins or paper towels (but a car with kids should really have these in it at all times).

  • Travel potty. For those whose kids are potty trained, this has been a life-saver. Sometimes you can’t get to a rest stop in time, so this is a great resource. You can use your extra plastic bags from the grocery and stash them in the side. We have many a time pulled over at the next exit and had my son poop or pee outside on this. If it’s cold and you have an SUV, you can pull up the passenger seat and set it up on the back seat car floor. Just make sure you have wipes!

  • Checked car maintenance. If you’re driving far, make sure your car is up to date on oil, fluids, etc. Car trouble during a trip is bad, but it’s even worse with whining or crying kids. You also don’t want to get stuck on the side of the road if you don’t have to, especially if there’s bad weather.

What other tips can you share for road tripping with kids?