How to Enjoy Your 18 Summers with Your Children

As July turns into August, we look forward to our last summer vacation, final trips to the pool, and a few more weeks whose days can be a little less unstructured as school looms on the horizon. It’s a bittersweet time for families as we look forward to the excitement of our kids starting a new grade level but also acknowledging that they’re also a year older as summer ends. Make your final month of summer count by resolving to unplug a bit more in favor of family time because as Amy Foster, Director of Consumer Insights at The Walt Disney Company says, we only have 18 summers with our kids before they leave the nest we call home.

18 summers. What summer are you on? How many do you have to go? In our home, my husband gently reminds me that we’ve enjoyed half the summers we’ll have with our daughter and 1/3 with our son. In 9 years our daughter will graduate from college. Her brother will only be around for two years after that.

Everyone always tells new parents that time goes quickly. “Enjoy it,” they say. But somehow we forget. We forget with looming work deadlines and the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Before the weekend comes, pause.

Hit your pause button in the name of digital wellness. Stop for a minute and figure out how much time you want to spend plugged in versus unplugged. Take a look at your work and family calendar to see if you can seize some time together in this final month of summer to reconnect with your kids face to face before school starts and the hustle and bustle begins again.

Because how many more summers do you have? Grab hold of this last month and enjoy it before next summer rolls around.

Mother and daughter enjoying time at tropical beach via Shutterstock

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