This post was sponsored by Landscape Structures as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
I’m a working mom. My kids attend daycare/summer camp during the day and at night we usually have sports or some sort of activity going on…so we’re not home very much. I feel like all too often, we moms think that once summer comes rolling around we have to have the list of activities we are going to kill ourselves to make sure that we do with our kids. Beach vacation- check. Ice cream stand- check. Splash pad- check. Zoo trip- check. Sanity—-_____. I mean, you guys…what fun is summer if all you’re doing is killing yourself to try to check off those bucket list boxes so that you can feel like a good parent. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good to get out, but don’t stress out if you see one momma seems to have it all planned out and you…you just want to take it easy, let the kids play outside, ride your bikes, play in the sprinkler in your back yard, grill out with the neighbors and stay up too late on a Friday night. THAT is our summer bucket list…just kick back and enjoy the weather and see where things take us.
This past weekend, the first blue skied, non-rainy day we’d seen in a while, we packed the kids up bright and early and took them out to breakfast. Afterwards we just hopped in the car and explored for a bit and came across this cute playground Landscape Structures Playground in Powell, Ohio for our kids to play at. Landscape Structures designs better playgrounds that welcome all ages and abilities. They are the signature gathering spaces for communities and offer the most innovative play experiences–and this one in Powell is a super popular one for the area to visit!
We have always felt that by giving our kids the freedom to play, it allows them to gain confidence through mastery and self-discovery and can really help nurture small psyches and instill lifelong skills. Letting kids explore the playground and make new friends is great and it keeps them off the screens that so many of us struggle with during the hot summer months!
So this summer, as we near the halfway point, I would like to suggest to all of you to stop worrying about checking off those Summer Bucket Lists and worry more about just relaxing in the moment, being spontaneous with your family, exploring the area, eating ice cream for dinner…all the things that they will remember. Those fun, spontaneous moments are what they will remember most with you all–for me, I can remember 9:30 trips out to Dairy Queen in the summer for a blizzard or an impromptu beach day at Lake Erie. And if nothing else, take a quick moment to find a Landscape Playground near you and just let the kids be kids for a bit!