summer girlsI recently realized just how much I miss being a child during the summer ... and how lucky my kid is to still BE one. You don't have to be a little kid to love the summer months, but it doesn't hurt. The days and weeks spread before them, full of fun to be had.

And it's up to us parents to make sure they have it all. Remember the incredible memories you made as a kid getting up to hijinks during the summer? Don't you want your child to have those memories too?

If your child hasn't done at least a few things on this list, it's time to get cracking:

1. Swimming in a river

2. Swimming in a pool

3. Swimming in the ocean

4. Eating soft serve ice cream

5. Making ice cream at home

6. Going barefoot

7. Catching fireflies

8. Catching salamanders

9. Catching frogs

10. Wading in a creek

11. Rolling down a grassy hill

12. Star gazing in the backyard after dark

13. Getting her clothes soaked during a sneak attack water fight

14. Running through the sprinkler

15. Eating Popsicles

16. Staying up late

17. Eating non-dinner dinner (because it's too hot to cook)

18. Chalking the sidewalk

19. Skipping rocksSummer Memories Every Kid Should Make

20. Picking wildflowers

21. Riding a rollercoaster

22. Eating junk food

23. Winning a goldfish

24. Making sand art

25. Riding a bike

26. Making sun tea

27. Building sand castles

28. Finding starfish

29. Squishing sand between their toes

30. Selling lemonade

Have you managed all of these with your kids yet? What would you add?

 

Images by Jeanne Sager