Start Your Summer With A Family Meeting
Every June, with the end of the current school year, comes the dilemma. Summer Break and what to do.
When summer break first arrives it seems like such a long stretch of time, full of seemingly endless possibilities. Many families look forward to it, others, not so much. Some families look at the fun, excitement, and travel. Others, especially those on tight finances, only seem to see what they can’t provide for their families every summer.
But, even on tight finances, all is not lost. Be EMPOWERED towards a HOPE and a FUTURE. You can still build precious memories with your children. And those are the summer breaks that they will remember for a lifetime. And these memory building experiences do not need to break your finances.
Where Do You Begin?
You have big plans and so do your spouse and your kids. But without a little actual planning and coordination, it’s easy to let summer pass you by.
Sure, probably most of your family has some similar plans, such as:
- to have some time to relax,
- sleep in
- and not do a whole lot of anything
The reality of summer vacation also brings the reality of life that many parents still need to work. So right away, you only have a limited number of days off throughout the summer. And the flip side is that your budget, even though working, may be very tight.
Gather The Family For A Meeting
To make sure summer doesn’t pass you by and to make sure everyone’s happy, start your summer break with a family meeting.
You can do this before Summer break starts, right at the beginning, or anytime you feel the need to get everyone on the same page. It doesn’t have to be complicated. Just make it a point to have a conversation as a family about what each of you wants to get out of Summer Break.
Get everyone together and just take turns sharing what each of you would like to do this summer. You may be surprised about some of the suggestions. Some ideas may be as simple as:
- bike riding
- swimming at the local beach
- going for a picnic
- a trip to the local drive in theater
- or playing with friends
- camping in the back yard
- playing with sidewalk chalk, bubbles, or any other inexpensive ideas. Anyone up for a water balloon fight?
If you have older kids, make sure you are aware of any firm plans they’ve made for the summer, so everything else can be worked around this schedule. The same goes for any other commitments any family member already has. It helps to take notes and have a calendar at the ready for the planning.
Dealing With The Finances Of The Summer
You may be struggling financially year round. And in fact, you may be dreading the summer break due to increased other expenses.
Expenses such as:
- sending kids to camp
- enrolling your children in swimming lessons
- and many other unexpeceted expenses that the summer can bring.
Just the financial struggle of dealing with these type of expenses can be a crushing burden on many families, including yours.
At Free Stuff 4 Daily Needs, we are always striving to find ways to help EMPOWER you towards a HOPE and a FUTURE. This includes even helping you and your family find cost effective ways to get through the summer vacation without breaking your bank account.
Invest In Family Memories
So, even if you have tight finances, don’t let that prevent you from enjoying the summer with your children and making precious family memories. Those are the truly priceless items that can’t be rebought. Let’s get you started today towards having that fun summer.
All too soon, summer is over, the weather is once again getting colder, and the kids are back in school. Remember, time with family, building precious memories, will be the true vacations that you, your spouse and children will treasure for a lifetime. Invest in those kind of memories.
Although it can seem that having a summer full of fun and memories can be a bit of a challenge, especially on tight finances, it is achievable.
What Can Be Achieved, And What Needs To Be Compromised?
Once you have figured out what everyone would like to do this summer, it’s time to talk, compromise and make some decisions as a family about:
- what’s important,
- time restraints, what you can fit in
- what you can afford,
- and sadly, yet realistically, what won’t make it into your summer plans.
Getting everyone involved in this decision process and making sure you not only hear, but try to work in some of what’s important to each family member, makes it easier to come up with some plans and activities that everyone will be happy with.
Don’t Fit In A Lifetime Of Memories In A Few Short Weeks
One word of caution. With everyone’s input, you may be tempted to fit as much as you possibly can into your summer.
That can get quite exhausting. The end result will not be what you set out to achieve. Instead of making those precious, quality time memories, you will end up being overly tired and exhausted. Which really is the opposite end result you are trying to achieve.
As a result, no one really ends up enjoying all those “fun” activities as much as they thought they would.
Leave plenty of time to rest and relax.
Don’t plan more than one activity per day and include a few days to just lie around the house, watch Netflix and order pizza and pop some popcorn.
So, start your summer with a family meeting, and see what fond memories you can make.
To help you think of some of those fond memory making experiences, check out 5 Fun Ideas For Staycations.