In my work with moms around the world, I sense the excitement that summer brings to a family.


Lack of schedule.

Outside time.

All the free activities. All the outside fun. All the do, do, do. Perhaps, so the kids won’t get bored? Perhaps we won’t feel like complete failures? Perhaps because we just do not know how to stay still anymore?

The ultimate summer vacation is upon us and, frankly, all of the ideas designed to keep our children busy are exhausting already.

We just want to spend the season in the woods, listening to the creek make its way around the earth. Maybe picnic on our new-found rock. Maybe enjoy a movie here and there.

The magic of summer isn’t in the going and running around, but in the staying put and paying attention. 

Summer magic happens when we leave space to explore and wander.

In my book, Savoring Slow, I offer ideas on how you can savor the seasons in a proper, gentle way. After all, what’s the sense in getting to the end of summer and realizing it’s over before you had a chance to really sink into it and love it fully.

Summer magic happens when we don’t force anything to happen, but rather let life just unfold naturally, the way it is supposed to unfold.

This summer, like last summer, I’ll be encouraging my daughters to leap across creeks and play in and climb on trees. I’ll be encouraging them to read on the picnic blanket and dig for worms. Yes, we’ll go on vacation and we’ll hit a few air-conditioned venues when the weather gets unbearable. But mostly, we’ll just be observing a slow summer. This is how we Ban Busy at our home in the busiest season of the year.

Like last summer, we’ll hardly wear shoes and we’ll stay up late to catch fireflies. We’ll make our own ice cream and grill out for nearly every meal. And we’ll watch birds early in the morning while the dew is still fresh and wet on the grass.

Perhaps you, too, want to remember the slow parts of a great summer.

Here are 50 Slow Summer Fun Ideas to Help You Embrace Slow:


 Discuss: Which idea on this list makes you think of your own childhood?

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