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Looking back on the long, lazy days of summer — FranklyStein

my kids of summer WI love Chesapeake Family’s annual “Kids of Summer” photo contest because we get so many adorable photos of carefree kids enjoying summer. Those are my “kids of summer” at a swim meet last year. I can’t believe how fast they’ve grown up.

It seems like just yesterday they were little tots, and I was searching for ways to keep them busy during the long days of summer. We took trips to Sandy Point State Park and Cascade Lake in Carroll County to cool off. We picked blueberries at Larriland Farm in Western Howard County and visited the animals at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. We’d make an annual trek to Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, Pa. and go camping at Rocky Gap in Western Maryland. In between all of that, we would lounge at the pool.

Kids Sandy PointIf you are looking for fun things to do with your kids this summer, check out our 100 Days of Summer blog. We are posting a new activity every day from Memorial Day through Labor Day. You can find everything from new playgrounds to visit to cool museums to explore.

If you are more worried about keeping your kids’ minds active this summer, check out our story on ways fight summer slide and boost summer learning. The story includes ideas for educational field trips and recommended websites that will bring a little learning into your kids’ screen time.

One summer I tried to force my kids to write in a journal every day. I let them pick out fun notebooks, and they could write about whatever they wanted. No one loved it, but my older son absolutely refused. It became a battle of wills. I wish I had known about some of the educational websites back then. I’m sure if it involved a screen, he would have been more than happy to learn a little something over the summer.

We are looking at a very different summer this year, however. The older three have jobs lifeguarding, and all four are swimming on multiple swim teams. So it’s going to be a summer of searching for downtime instead of looking for ways to fill the time.

So if you have little ones, enjoy your summer. Those days that seem endless don’t last forever. Take it from me.

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FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein, who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 17, Lilly, 15, Adam, 15, and Jonah, 11.

 

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