If it were me I would find it refreshing to find a new list of what might keep my kids occupied and playing together during the summer.  Let me toss out a few: In Arizona a friend put together a summer bowling league for about 25 of the kids my kids knew.  Every Tuesday we had that to look forward to and it was an “inside” activity, out of the indescribable Arizona heat.   Didn’t cost us a ton and was so worth it to have it to look forward to each week.   I’m sharing that idea because I admire my friend’s investment in my life and in my kids’ lives.  Thank you, Ginny.


Invest in sidewalk chalk and let your kids draw on your driveway, maybe in the cooler part of the day.  We even played hop-scotch.  Remember that game?

Here are a few other things I remember doing, even though it was hot outside.

1. We used ice cube trays, added Kool Aid, froze it and then ate the cubes as ” homemade popsicles” in Tupperware glasses, chopping at them with old forks.  Kept us busy and a little cooler.


2. We turned on the sprinkler in the yard and ran through the water as it was thrown up in the air.  Maybe I wasn’t a teen then.  Good for younger children… maybe with the older pre-teens or teens put in charge of the activity.  Just a thought.


3.  We played cards for hours:  Hearts, Spades…those were our favorites.


Then here are some other ideas:


1. Teach your pre-teen or teen how to cook her favorite meal or baked treat. (that could count as pursuing your teen or pre-teen).

Or put a teen in charge of dinner one night a week.  Read about how one mom got that idea going in her home in this book:

Cleaning House/A Mom’s 12-Month Experiement to Rid Her Home of YOUTH ENTITLEMENT, by Kay Wills Wyma.    


2. Check out some books together at your local library.


Speaking of checking out books I bet you need a source for good books for your child or teen.  Or YOU! 


My go-to’s were these:  They still are.  

Honey for a Child’s Heart by Gladys Hunt

Honey for a Teen’s Heart  by Gladys Hunt

Honey for a Woman’s Heart by Gladys Hunt

Gladys Hunt’s books are amazing resources and I have my daughter’s kindegarten teacher to thank for suggesting these books years ago.  Thank you, Cyndy.


This is what Amazon says about Honey for a Child’s Heart: Family favorite now revised and updated, including an annotated list of books for ages 0-12 Everything parents need to know to find the best books for their children Since its publication in 1969, this has been an essential guide for parents wanting to find the best books for their children. Now in its fourth edition, Honey for a Child’s Heart discusses everything from the ways reading affects both children’s view of the world and their imagination to how to choose good books. Illustrated with drawings from dozens of favorites, it includes an indexed and updated list of the best new books on the market and the classics that you want your children to enjoy. Author Gladys Hunt’s tastes are broad, her advice is rooted in experience, and her suggestions will enrich the cultural and spiritual life of any home.


Go for it!