To Parents: Slow Down in Summer

sarah jane peters | frankly families | july 2017

Children count down the days until summer break in their classrooms, parents look forward to spending more quality time with them as a family and maybe soaking up some extra Vitamin D. Often, before we realize it, our summer schedules become nearly as busy, or even more crammed than in the winter months. T-Ball, soccer practice, various cookouts and weekend events to attend quickly fill our calendars.

A wise woman once told me “Take care of yourself first, then number two your relationship. Number three your children and lastly your job. If you follow this example then you can be a more fulfilled individual, in a whole relationship, creating a more complete family and feel as if you 'work to live' versus 'live to work.'"

So often we are quick to mix up these priorities and focus on our work, then fill our lives with transporting children to and fro. Rarely as parents do we take time to work on relationships and it is even more seldom that we prioritize ourselves.

This July, take some time to slow down. First … slow down yourself! Try to spend a little less time on Facebook 'liking' what everyone else is doing and take some time alone to enjoy a good book under the sun. Use your gym membership on a hot day, garden, or sneak away if you can for a few hours and catch up with friends.

Schedule a date night to enjoy one of the many highlighted adult friendly events listed in your July Frankly magazine. If you need a sitter check out www.care.com or www.sittercity.com to browse the profiles of potential candidates in your area that have undergone a background check and meet your personal qualifications. Don't have a sitter? Put the kids to bed and stay up with the intention of taking some quality time to yourself or create a date night at home.

When you are spending quality time with your kids, enjoy one of the many free or low-cost activities going on this month.

Summer in the Park

Thursdays in July from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Whitney Park (800 Main St.), Summer in the Park is a free weekly music series featuring a variety of entertainment, Thibby's Ice Cream Truck and the Bookmobile!

FIT in the Parks

July 17 – August 26 the Green Bay Parks and Rec offer a variety of free fitness classes at parks throughout the city including Yoga, Zumba, FIT kids and more! Check out GreenBayWi.gov/parks/gb-fit for a detailed schedule of classes and locations.

Any Day … Picnic in the Sun

Pack a picnic lunch, play on the 'pirate ship' playground equipment and listen to the waves on the bay at Bayshore Park. Other prime picnic locations include: Baird's Creek, Bay Beach/Wildlife Sanctuary, Communiversity Park, Downtown GB CityDeck or Leicht Memorial Park, NEW Zoo and Barkhausen Waterfowl preserve.

More Events

For a detailed listing of daily happenings in Green Bay you can also check GreenBay.com/events-calendar or visit the event pages at FranklyGreenBay.com.


Sarah Jane Peters is proud to be a resident of Green Bay. She is a fulltime mother of three children who recently received a Master of Arts degree in counseling from Lakeland University. When not enjoying her garden or making art, she keeps her children happily entertained with many opportunities and activities around town.

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