It’s that glorious time of year in Seattle: the days are long and hot and it’s hard to focus on work when the beach or hiking trails beckon. My husband Sam makes a mean sun tea that’s in heavy rotation and we survive on big green salads, soba noodles, and anything that can feasibly be thrown on the grill.
Traveling with kids can be a wonderful experience, but active toddlers and moody kiddos can make it pretty stressful, too. While we love traveling with our little guy, this summer we’ve decided to stick close to home and take some time to explore the region with a few staycations. From impromptu family barbeques and loose schedules to photo opps and splurging on yourself, here are a few tips to successfully unplug, unwind and experience your city with fresh eyes.
My husband and I are both active people, and while we’ve realized that with a toddler in tow, eating out at nice restaurants as a family is off the list for a while, there’s no reason hiking should be. We’ve taken our 19-month old son Oliver on a number of hikes this season, and I’ve got some great tips on what’s worked for us and how to plan the best, most enjoyable outing – for everyone.
With the inevitable household chore or kiddo activity across town, it can often feel like the weekend is almost over before it’s even started. But with a little planning and forethought, there are some simple ways to prioritize and maximize your time together while still getting a few things accomplished (and maintaining your own sanity). Here’s what works for us.
Father’s Day is my favorite day of the year. This is not because it is a day dedicated to the awesomeness of me, but rather a celebration of us. My day includes friends, family, relaxing and time to be with the people who matter the most. It also consistently occurs the week before both of my children’s birthdays — Kayleigh, 10 and Maxwell, 6 — and is the perfect kickoff to summer. Instead of snoozing and waiting for breakfast in bed, my Father’s Day tradition is outlined here. I stick to my normal early Sunday morning round of golf with some of the best father figures I know. Our group is close, and we celebrate with food, drink, friendly competition, and stories about our kids.
As a first-time mom, it took me a good year to realize that prioritizing myself – and not just my baby — made me a happier, more productive mom and partner. When I had some time to do the things that made me feel like me again, I returned home feeling renewed and refreshed. Of course the idea of self-care looks different for everyone, but I thought I’d share a few tips that have worked well for me.
If you have a baby on the way, it’s time to prepare yourself and your home for lots of exciting changes. Pregnancy is a great time to establish organized systems and habits that will be invaluable once your new baby arrives. Since late night drugstore runs and bottle fumbling are inevitable and fast approaching, take advantage of the time you have now to get things in order. You and your family will be thankful for it!
While there are certainly moments when I miss the languorous uninterrupted pool time that characterizes a vacation without kids, I find family trips are so much richer and more interesting, and I love seeing new sights through my son’s eyes. That being said, there are definitely some things to keep in mind to ensure that your entire family (including you!) have a great time away. Here are a few tips that have worked for us.
Toddlerhood is a wonderful, wild, and dynamic time characterized by pushing boundaries, testing out language and new motor skills, and learning to socialize. It can be a tricky age socially as the developmental range is often vast: some kids are chattering away and stacking blocks independently while others need a bit more stimulation and encouragement. And this is the reason I love introducing play dates at this age – kiddos get a change of scenery, interaction with their peers, and a chance to begin boosting those early social skills. Here are a few tips that have worked well for us when planning play dates.