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2016 May

Summer Rain

Dear Friends,

When was the last time you and your kids took a walk in the rain? Most of the time we scurry from the car to the house when it’s raining, not wanting to get wet. But summer presents a unique opportunity to actually enjoy the rain.

Kids get it. They are thrilled to stand in a warm rainfall in their dripping wet clothes and savor the sensation of getting soaked for no reason at all—just pure sensory pleasure. Of course, standing in the rain when it’s thundering and lightning isn’t a good idea, but a soft summer rain can be a chance for us to be in the moment and connect with nature and—let’s face it—do something silly for a change.

Taking time to have fun and be silly lets your kids know that you value the simple pleasures of life. When our kids see us acting serious all the time or otherwise occupied with cell phones and computers, they are learning by example. In fact, every time you do and say something, your kids are watching and listening.

What are you teaching them with your actions and words?

Sure, we have stuff to do, bills to pay, promises to keep, meals to make—the list goes on and on. But in the midst of all this madness, don’t forget to remember what life’s all about. We’re supposed to be having some fun, people!

If it’s been a while since you’ve had fun with your kids, stop what you’re doing and plan an adventure right now. This month Tidewater Family features our 2016 Family Adventure Guide with ideas for what you can do to get in touch with your inner child. Now that good weather is here, a trip to the beach at least once a week is the perfect family outing. Pack a picnic, bring a Frisbee, and don’t forget the sunscreen.

You can even have adventures at home. Make bread from scratch. Smell the yeasty dough, then knead it, watch it rise, bake it, and when it’s done, eat a big slice with butter and cinnamon-sugar on top. How about homemade popsicles? Make them in ice trays (remember those?) and use toothpicks for handles. Add fruit and yogurt for healthy treats on a hot summer day.

Having fun yet?

This month make room in your life for spontaneous moments when you can let your hair down and play with your kids. Build towers with wooden blocks, listen to classical music as you color together, twirl around in the yard until you get dizzy and fall down.   

Be a kid. Your kids will be so happy to see you happy.

~ Love, Peggy

Peggy Sijswerda

Peggy Sijswerda is the editor and co-publisher of Tidewater Family and Tidewater Women magazines. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Old Dominion University and is the author of Still Life with Sierra, a travel memoir. Peggy also freelances for a variety of regional, national, and international magazines.

Website: www.peggysijswerda.com

Hampton Arts: Enter to Win Tickets to 'Twas the Night Before Christmas at the American Theatre

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