Summer is by far my favorite season. And these past few days it has ARRIVED. Everywhere I go, someone is commenting on the heat….and frequently not with the same affection I feel. You know what you won’t hear me complaining about? THE HEAT.
Yes, I know our temperatures have been well over 90 degrees with humidity to match. But you know what we don’t have?
Ice. Snow. Wind chill. And at the moment? RAIN.
This has been one of the rainiest summers on record. It seems as though Mother Nature took her time shifting from cool to warmth (we had a 58 degree day in early July for heaven’s sake!) so, no….you won’t hear me complaining about the heat. I’m kicking back and enjoying it.
As far as I’m concerned these days of Summer are supposed to be hot, they are supposed to be packed full of summer camps (in my kids’ case – that’s baseball, softball, soccer, basketball, field hockey and even acting), LOTS of time outside playing with friends – just yesterday, the small girl taught her little brother to ride his bike and I’m certain I’ve never been more proud – and even more time at the pool.
At nine and eleven, this is the first year there hasn’t been someone extra in our home helping to guide the kids through their day, monitoring what they are doing and helping to keep them from being ‘bored’. As both Jeff and I work from home, we have the luxury of being present, but giving the kids the freedom to plan their days, do the work around the house we’ve asked and be independent enough to grab small meals and snacks.
Summer outings…especially those to the pool require snacks and this is the year I’ve put them in charge.
Knowing that I am passionate about raising independent, confident kids, the good folks at Horizon encouraged me to feed my kids’ imagination….so I told my small people we were heading to the pool and that we needed snacks that would be good for us, that they would enjoy and that wouldn’t melt in the heat.
And I stood back and watched. And they didn’t disappoint. (and Delaney even kept her sunglasses on the entire time…)
You know what they especially love? That I trust them to make decisions, that they each have favorite snacks…and well, that I let them play with their food.
How are you encouraging your kids to have freedom with the food decisions in your home (even with your guidance?) I’d love to know. And while we’re at it…. what is your favorite thing about Summer?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine.