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Sometimes being a parent in summertime is tough. Coming up with new ways to engage your children while being mindful of screen time, weather and the cost of summer camp can be challenging. Shilpa Shankar, MD, Pediatrician at NorthShore, shares some unique ways to keep kids moving and grooving and actively engaged this summer. These ideas are great to do with each kid individually or as a family!
Dr. Shankar recommends:
Remember that kids need downtime after a busy school year to rest and just be kids! Scheduling free time to be bored and develop creative, free play is just as important as planning activities for your kids.
Set some summer guidelines that work for your family at home ahead of the upcoming break to establish house ground rules like no screen time until a certain time in the day. That way your kids know what to expect when school gets out.
Brainstorm and put up an activities list that sounds like fun for your family on your kitchen fridge that everyone can look at for inspiration for things to do. Not every day will have new and fun activities, and that’s okay. What is important is to make sure that kids are engaged both physically and mentally at least half the day.