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3 Ways to Make Summer 2021 a Positive Experience for Your Child

Like so many things to come from 2020 and 2021, the summer season should still be considered an unprecedented time—one that parents should consider carefully as they prepare their children to engage in their summer activities, including social or development groups, summer school, camp, and others.

Like so many things to come from 2020 and 2021, the summer season should still be considered an unprecedented time—one that parents should consider carefully as they prepare their children to engage in their summer activities, including social or development groups, summer school, camp, and others.

Summertime, however, should be an exciting time for your child, and it’s important to take the steps necessary to ensure a positive experience for your child amidst the uncertainty of life post-COVID.

Below are three simple ways you can help your family escape the stress of this year and make Summer 2021 a positive experience for your child.

Find Joy in Nature

All around us, the world is teeming with life—all you have to do is seek it out. One of the easiest ways to encourage your child to explore his or her surroundings and learn more about the wonders of nature is to facilitate outdoor play whenever possible.

If you live near a body of water, plan a trip to the beach. Natural parks are another great option for those in landlocked areas. Regardless of where you to choose to have your outdoor outing, consider visiting the area before you bring your child along for the fun to ensure no overcrowding and that social distancing guidelines are being followed.

Bond on a Family Road Trip

Have a car and no place to be this summer? Plan a family road trip! Road trips don’t have to be exhausting, lengthy affairs. If you’re unwilling or unable to travel to a different state in your car, keep it local—research museums and other attractions that are within a two- to four-hour driving distance from your home.

On a summer family road trip, your destination should matter less than how you spend your time with your family along the journey. As you drive, speak with your children about their home and school lives, as well as what interests them. You may be surprised about what you can learn about your family members on the road!

Take Up a New Hobby

The summer time is the perfect opportunity for children to explore new hobbies. From art to sports, from music to writing, you never know what activity your child will be interested in next. During the summer months, encourage your child to explore their interests by exposing him or her to new experiences, such as trying out a new instrument or reading about a new process.