Staycation Faves 

August often brings some restful time off from our regular career jobs. However, that doesn’t mean we get time off as parents. Popular vacation destinations in BC have been notoriously busy this summer as local travel has reopened. That has left a lot of us opting for a staycation with day trips and relaxing at home without the travel stress. We have compiled a list of fun home activities, an Instagram account with tips for managing transitions with your little ones and another favourite podcast for those sweet solo moments. 

 
A pipette or dropper is something most of us have sitting in our kitchen drawer but didn’t realize could be used for easy fun at home. This blog post from How We Montessori compiles 10 different activities with pipettes to cater to your toddler’s interests. There’s everything from simple “painting” with water and food colouring to more engaging science experiments with common household items like milk and dish soap. These ideas are low cost and require little set up but can bring hours of fun for little ones while improving motor skills and creativity. 
Instagram Account: @biglittlefeelings 
This summer has brought about a lot of change for all of us. COVID restrictions have altered, the heat has been challenging and our world continues to look very different from what we have come to know in the past. This is a lot to manage for us adults, so of course, it’s a lot for our toddlers too! The Instagram account Big Little Feelings shares tips and strategies for managing all of your toddler’s big feelings from a child therapist and parent coach. Each post offers bite-sized advice, like these tips for managing tantrums during a new experience: “PREPing can SERIOUSLY help with lowering the meltdowns! BUT the truth is, they just have a hard time with new/different things. Key: Lower YOUR expectations. Expect meltdowns, so that YOU are prepped + ready to handle them with grace like the warrior parent you are.” 
Podcast: The Mom Hour 
Keeping with the theme from the last recommendation, sometimes we need resources for ourselves to manage all this change too. The Mom Hour is a podcast we turn to time and time again for everything from beach day tips to discussions on family and friendships. ​​Co-hosts Meagan Francis and Sarah Powers have a total of eight kids between them, little to grown. The podcast updates weekly with practical tips and real-life encouragement for moms who want to enjoy motherhood more, and cut back on comparison, worry, and stress. Episode length ranges from 30 mins to 1 hour so pop this on when you’re out for a walk, working through household chores or hopefully having some deck chair lounge time. Check out the A Summertime Chores, Life Skills & Freedoms Reset episode and if you do happen to be heading out of town this month, check out the House Rules for Travel & Vacation episode. 

Whether you’re sticking close to home or travelling to new places, we hope you and your family enjoy a safe and happy summer season.