“Then followed that beautiful season… Summer…. Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Lazy summer days
Somehow I always think there will be more time in the summer. Summer days in Northern Canada are long and full of light. Somehow that fools me into thinking that I actually have more time.
More time for enjoying the outdoors in the summer. More time to spend with family. More time to build memories.
But all of sudden we are seeing the dreaded back to school sales and next week it will be August! What? How did that happen? Officially we’ve still got a month left of summer, but I’m already starting to see signs that we are moving towards fall.
Still when I went for my morning walk today the birds were singing, my garden is blooming, and the mama deer have emerged from the bush with their spotted fawns to graze on the greenery.
Summer isn’t gone yet
We still have time to enjoy that “dreamy and magical light.”
Now is the perfect time to build memories and relish a slower pace of life.
9 ways to slow down and savor summer
- Banish the perfection monster, lower your standards—it’s good enough for today. Trade the perfection crazies for slower peaceful days.
- Resist the compulsion to get “one more thing” ticked of that pesky to do list—instead enjoy one more hug, one more chapter of your book, one more run through the sprinkler, or one more cuddle in the hammock.
- When things don’t turn out as planned- LET IT GO. It is not a reflection on your worth as a parent. Sometimes what happens instead turns out to be far better anyway.
- Run through the sprinkler. Roll down a grassy hill. Blow bubbles. Enjoy a water fight with your kids. Play and have fun!
- Take the time to notice butterflies, the brilliant hues of flowers, the glowing fireflies, and the sweet taste of peaches. Give thanks for all these summer treasures out loud, so your children will begin to notice them too.
- Serve up generous helpings of compassion and forgiveness. All of us make mistakes. Every. Single. Day. Be kind in the face of these mistakes. Be especially kind to yourself.
- Simplify, simplify, simplify- enjoy simpler meals, pare down your schedule, and cut down on the number of extra activities.
- Remember this is the only summer your child will be (insert age). Treasure the special moments with your children.
- Are you happy with the summer activities you are involved in? Do they enhance your family life and energize you? If not, consider letting them go and trying something different.
- Sing campfire songs
- Make daisy chains
- Go stargazing
- Eat ice cream for supper! What fun!
- Make mud pies
- Skip rocks across the pond
- Watch the clouds float across the sky
- Go berry picking
When summer really draws to a close, let’s be filled to the brim with summer goodness so that we can really appreciate the arrival of cooler weather.
Now it’s your turn
What about you? What do you enjoy most about summertime? What special summer moments have you shared with your family this year? How do you slow summer down and savor the season?
Looking for more?
Check out my Summer Play and Outdoor Fun board on Pinterest.
Editor’s note: this was originally published in August 2014 and has been updated for content.