- Get them out of the house, but not too much where you're running around non-stop.
- Get them some social interaction so that they can practice social skills.
- Get them some physical activity as opposed to letting them be raised by their DS or Wii.
- Try not to lose ground on the academic progress you were able to accomplish the previous school year.
- Oh yeah, maintain a marriage and have some vacation time for yourselves too while you're at it...
It's a tough balance. We've overcommitted in previous summers that's for sure. I think back to January, February and March of this year when Krysia was pouring over all the options that exist, balancing dates and times and evaluating costs. What a juggling act! I think all families struggle with this no matter if your child has special needs or not but the special needs factor definitely adds a new level of complexity to the equation.
We enjoyed a variety of activities including:
- Camp Woodbrooke out in Richland Center, WI
- Camp Invention in Waunakee, WI
- Camp AweSum in Moon Beach near Minocqua, WI
- Peer play groups with select individuals
- Swimming lessons at the local pool
- North Branch Music Festival in Waubeno, WI
- Art in the Park at Lakeview Park
- Neighborhood Kickball at Parisi Park
- Family cottage in Sturgeon Bay
I'm thrilled that our summer was fruitful, safe and filled with a well-balanced mix of activities to nurture our kids yet not overwhelm my wife and I. Now we tackle the day-to-day grind of school.