Let's Talk Motherhood - Summertime with Littles - Life as Mrs. Wilson

20 July, 2017

Let's Talk Motherhood - Summertime with Littles

This is the second month of the Let's Talk Motherhood series, and we're talking all about summertime with young kids. I've teamed up with some amazing moms to share in a conversation on this particular topic from each of our perspectives. They have answered the following questions on their own websites, and all of their perspectives are linked at the end of this post. I created this interview collaboration series to connect, encourage, share, and relate with other moms. No matter how different our perspectives may be, we're all in this amazing and challenging journey of motherhood together.

On Summertime with Littles:
1. What are your favorite summertime activities with your little ones?
Because the only problems Conrad has had with his tachycardia have occurred when he's been overheated, we've felt a little limited in what we're choosing to do this summer until we know he is cleared of any issues. So, our favorite thing to do this year has been playing in his little pool out on the deck! It's been so fun watching him play in the water and how content he is doing so. We also love spending time up at my family's cabin where it is a bit cooler outside.
2. With young children, how have you helped keep them cool when it's hot outside?
Having Conrad play in the pool has been a great way to keep him cool, but living in 100+ degree weather has been tricky with a baby under a year old. We try to keep him in the shade when we do go outside, and always always bring the car seat inside when we get home so it isn't too hot for him to sit in the next time we go out. Keeping him hydrated is super important as well. 
3. How do you handle having less time in the summer, since your kids are out of school?Conrad won't be in school for another few years, and since I just finished up my own schooling a few months ago, I've felt like I have more time this summer than ever before! Of course it can be tricky to keep a curious baby occupied all day, but we've just continued on with our same daily routine. 
4. At what age were your kids when you started taking family summer vacations with them?
Since my husband still has a few more years of schooling ahead of him, I'm not sure how much traveling we'll be doing for a while. We've already taken a few little trips with Conrad since he's been born, but I think we'll just play it by ear and if an opportunity to travel comes up, we'll be sure to take it regardless of age!
5. What tips would you suggest for new moms traveling with their little ones for the first time?
Don't expect traveling to be the same as it was before kids. I think if you set your expectations differently, you will have a more enjoyable time. It may take longer to get to your destination and there will definitely be more meltdowns than before, but it's a new adventure worth embracing. Be patient and if you are with your spouse, work together as a team. Traveling with kids can be intimidating, but exposing your little ones to new experiences and new cultures is so important and so worth it!

Be sure to check out the rest of the perspectives linked below and feel free to share your thoughts on raising confident children in the comments as well!

Aurora (@auroramccausland) | Jenn (@whatyou_make_it) | Care (@with_care) | Hannah (@_hannahsilver_)