It’s August and we all know what that means… summer will soon be drawing to a close and so will summer activities. The warm weather, long days and fun in the sun will soon be over, making this is a sort of somber time of year for obvious reasons. I have decided to write a post to give everyone some helpful tips to help both kids and parents alike cope with the end-of-summer blues.
The first piece of advice that I have for parents is to start rolling back your children’s bedtimes by about 10-15 minutes each night, a week or so before your kids go back to school. On top of this wake your kids up a little bit earlier each day as this helps to correct your kids sleep cycles before school starts. Doing this will result in less of a shock come the first week of school making the transition for everyone a little bit smoother. Giving your kids a little bit of structure each day is not a bad idea either. After you have woken them up make them shower, brush their teeth and get dressed as this helps them to get back into the routine faster.
The next piece of advice that I would like to give parents about their kids is to pay attention to what they are doing rather than what they are saying. This is especially true for kids that are under 10. After school has been in session for a few weeks kids finally realize that summer is really over. This is when kids are most prone to start misbehaving. Kids will often resist getting out of bed in the morning, going to school and throw temper tantrums. Children could be more likely to show aggression toward their siblings. If you notice these things happening with your kids, understand that this is a sign of anxiety. Instead of expressing themselves to you in words they show you what is wrong via their behavior. You should talk to your kids and ask them what is wrong if you observe this happening. Sometimes just being a good listener can go a long way in helping them cope with the fact that summer has finally ended.
My third piece of advice is to prepare in advance by marking your fall calendar. Obviously, the first thing that you should mark is the first day of school. You should also prepare as much as you can in advance. Make sure you have already purchased school supplies, textbooks and other necessities before school starts. This will save you a lot of stress by not having to scramble immediately after school starts to get everything you need. Also, mark fun autumn events on your calendar such as Halloween costume shopping, pumpkin picking, and even Christmas tree shopping. This gives your kids something to look forward too.
So far I’ve given several tips about what adults can do to help kids cope with the end of summer leaving some of you adults out there wondering, “What about me?” I think you guys should treat yourself to a present or some sort of experience after you have worked hard to get your kids back into school routine. Is there something that you really need but have been putting off because money is tight or for some other reason? Why not treat yourself to a new electronic gadget like a new phone or computer or how about pair of Velodyne headphones? Or maybe you prefer experiences instead of material things. Then why not reward yourself with some concert tickets to your favorite musical artist if you know they will be in town soon. The point I’m trying to make is if you are a hard working adult especially one with kids, every once in a while it is good to reward yourself with something you want. I know that often times those of you out there with families spend so much time worrying about your kids and your bills and work that you neglect yourself. Now is as good a time as any to do something nice for yourself especially if you haven’t done so in a while.
Now with the warm summer days fading you have probably realized summer cocktail season is almost over. When the seasons changes so do our cocktail taste buds. The summer makes us crave fruit flavored cocktails while the cooler autumn makes us desire holiday scented cocktails. So how about some ideas for some fun fall themed cocktails? I’ve done some research and found a few that you might like. If you are hosting or attending a Halloween party instead of just the usual boring fruit punch how about spicing it up with some spiked apple punch to make things more interesting?
Halloween Punch (for adults)
To make this you will need:
1 gallon of apple juice, 1 gallon of apple cider, 3 cups of white sugar, 6-8 cinnamon sticks and 1 bottle of 190 proof grain alcohol. Simply add the juice, cider, sugar and cinnamon sticks into a large pot and heat it to a boil. Then allow it to cool and add the grain alcohol and enjoy.
Another one you might try if you like apple flavored cocktails is apple cider margaritas. Margaritas are a popular summer drink that transition nicely into the cooler months with this recipe.
Apple Cider Margaritas
Gather 6 parts apple cider, 4 parts of silver tequila, 2 parts of triple sec, a lime and some brown sugar. In a margarita shaker add the cider, tequila, triple sec. Then squeeze some lime juice and add a dash or so of brown sugar. Finally, shake it up and pour it into a glass with ice and enjoy. You can also add some slices of apple if desired.
Well there you have it. My list of tips to deal with the End-of-Summer blues. If you have any other tips for people to cope with the end of summer or if you have some fun fall themed cocktail recipes please comment below and share it with us as we would love to hear it.