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Summer time funk

It’s the time of the year I normally would really look forward to! Thankfully, a short trip here and there in the past few months were greatly cherished but the summer break has a different charm to it . It’s usually a more sought after one..one that is planned and mostly executed to perfection or even if there were imperfections, it made it that much more memorable. Families with school going children get this big window to step out for multi activities ranging from camps to summer workshops, to swimming,to exploring new interest areas, all in the touch and feel model!

This time, last year, we were reminiscing the many travels in the summer months that took us to many places/ countries which were all unique and exciting in their own way. Those many sights flooded our own individual visions and we went about on a trail talk..one thing led to the other and one landscape changed to the other in the blink of an eye! Oh! Those wondrous moments! The recalls were so much fun and the memory jogs outpaced our slow and inactive current lives. The kids brought forth the many clicks captured digitally as also the happy painstaking effort I took to paste those memories in physical form for the touch and feel factor!

This year is a deja vu of sorts all over again! There were many thoughts and ideas emanated from all about the many gorgeous sights the world has to offer and could be attempted after one long arduous year but alas! looks like it’ll be yet another long vacation at home. Nothing wrong with it though but the kids questioning has started about the repeat factor of last year and knowing fully well about the situation not under their , or for that matter, anyone’s control, there is still that secret desire to be out in the open somewhere for a sense of a break from the routine. Convincing our minds that it would not be so is all one can do at this point in time! The hope of a holiday , outside of home, is now deferred to yet another school year -end.

Meanwhile , the small but nonetheless wondrous joys about slow start to the day, lazy mornings, complete erratic schedules of daily living, no fixed meal times as well as meals, eat-sleep-repeat patterns as and when , screen time beyond comprehension with the online world the means to connect with pals, play games, engage in idle chit chat, some board games thrown in for good measure with siblings/folks, frequent trips to the kitchen to dish out bizarre combinations, attempts at culinary skill development, reading and attempting new ways of being in touch would all be the things the long summer break will be looked forward to!! The plans of stepping out to feast our physical/ mental states with “SOMETHING NEW” rolls over to a deferred date and time, unknown at this stage!

“Hope for a better tomorrow ” is something that will make us all feel cheerful and positive in our own ways despite the morbidity and our helplessness of many things and situations. So, let’s get going forward in these summers with all things cool, all foods the season has to offer, all the beauty of the greens and nature which , year on year, never fails to keep up with its dates, irrespective of the situation on ground and the excitement every holiday brings with it for things unknown, experiences unseen and the unfurling of the long days !!

Children, General, Parenting

PICK ME UP!

My take is if you really want your child to do/ experience /read something, make it so readily accessible for them that they see it all around and because it’s there there, there are higher chances of them going for it! My big reference here is the oh so lovely habit of reading in kids, something which is slowly fading away. Since this happens to be a rather important element of vocabulary building, it needs to be reinforced time and again and somehow included in their daily routine list.

Summer break is a great time to reintroduce this habit( if it’s not already one) simply because there is a good bit of free time available . The long, hot and lazy days can be well spent with the many titles and authors they’ve heard of from their dear friends, their great breed of peers and of course our preferred authors can also be squeezed in . Once they are in sight, chances of they going through them may be higher. Basically, if they see the good old Enid Blytons, Hardy boys , Malory towers etc. on their shelves, they are likely to pick them up! The neighbourhood library does serve the purpose but to stock up on ones own page turners is a wonderful feeling. The ownership of any thing gives one a far bigger high than borrowed stuff, more so if the titles are to be read and re read many times over.

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Summer holidays are also the time to pull out all those hidden card games, those scrap books, the half done needlework, those cut and paint and make your own chimes, fridge magnets, bead jewellery etc etc. The minute these objects are seen, the activity triggers reignite and holidays are well spent, both in terms of time and pleasure! It’s easy accessibility that drives the kids. Out of sight is truly out of mind for them. So, while I have things strewn around everywhere, I look at it as time and imagination well spent. It is messy and scattered, but am ok with it as long as the neatly tucked away stuff is put to use. The slow and easy days seem lighter and calmer and with kids around at home during their break, one really couldn’t ask for anything more!!