In the summertime…where the stress should be less

“Summer is the time when one sheds one’s tensions with one’s clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all’s right with the world.” — Ada Louise Huxtable

Ok, I’m going to take you back to an earlier time in your life when school let out for the summer. No matter who you were or where you lived this signified a shift in how you spent your time. As I kid I went to a day camp, was a fish in the water, played “kick the can” until it was dark and enjoyed a later bedtime as well as family from “far away” visiting for some fun in the sun. As a teenager, I worked at a variety of jobs and spent my evenings hanging out with friends, eating lots of ice cream and enjoying the “down time”. As a school based therapist, I’m like a kid as the last day approaches anticipating, sleeping in a bit later, reading more novels, spending time with friends and family and just chilling out. Todays child experiences lots of stress in terms of both academic and social demands. I hear them speak of attending summer school, camps, lessons from computers to baking to Legos and the list goes on….If you are a parent, caregiver or a teacher encourage the kids you know to recognize that summer is a time to have fun but also a time to rest, rejuvenate and rekindle the spirit.  Introduce them to the fun you had as a kid.  Your assignment if you decide to accept it is…make S’mores, catch some fireflies, have ice cream for dinner, watch fireworks on the 4th of July, run through the sprinkler and take that hurried, harried child with you. As Ms. Huxtable implies you’ll soon feel all is right with the world.