It’s June, it’s hot, and we’re happy about it! We made it to the end of yet another crazy, pandemic school year. We’ve earned some sunshine, some ice cream, and definitely a summer cocktail or two. Here are some with our guide to June we share some savvy ways to make the most out of this lovely month.
Welcome to the Savvy Guide to June
Head out and about!
Why? School is almost out. It’s time to make some plans and head out to explore. Here’s what’s happening locally for Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, and Vancouver families. You know you’re tired of the same old playground (even if you’re grateful for it!)
Get brownie points this year by mailing a Father’s Day card to your dad and father-in-law early
Why? Because you want to share the love on Father’s Day. Take some of that artwork lying around the house and fold it up into a card. Include the word ‘love’ and you’re sure to get some babysitting this summer.
Protected with our best sunscreen for kids and families.
Why? Because we love the sun but we need to protect our skin from it!
A sprinkler game with the kids (that means you too)
Why? Because sprinkler freeze dance is so much fun. You need one person to be in charge of randomly turning the water on and off (usually the one who is ‘it’). After running around and dancing through the sprinkler, players freeze when the water goes off. Whoever moves is out.
Drop the Worry Ball: How to Parent in the Age of Entitlement by Dr. Alex Russell and Tim Falconer
Why? Having helped many families with challenging kids and kid challenges through his counselling practice, Toronto-based psychologist and hockey dad Dr. Alex Russell has now captured the essence of his wise advice in print. If you want to retire from being the manager of your child’s life and become a true source of support instead, this book shares how.
Join the Meatless Monday Movement — it doesn’t cost anything
Why? Because it’s about healthy, sustainable eating and reducing greenhouse gasses. Not to mention that summer is a great time to replace your meat once a week with locally grown veggies in a super summer salad with one of our unique salad recipes.
Why? Did you know Queen Dolly’s literacy initiative has been in Canada since 2006? Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Canada is a free book gifting program devoted to inspiring a love of reading in the hearts of children everywhere. Each month, enrolled children receive a high quality, age appropriate book in the mail, free of charge. Children receive books from birth to age five.
June is Pride Month
Why? Because Love is Love and we want our children to grow up empowered to be themselves and to accept and acknowledge diversity in every form. We share some lovely kids books for Pride month as well as Family-Friendly Ways to Celebrate Pride with Kids.
Start thinking about those teacher gifts and thank you cards.
Why? Because yet another bizarre and brutal school year is almost behind us and our kids’ teachers have done their best to teach our kids and keep them safe AND keep their own families running as well. You can’t beat a gift that gives back or a gift you can eat and there are wonderful local gift options as well.
While we’re itching to get outside, of course we still look forward to family movie nights and new seasons of our (and their!) favourite shows. Here’s a round up of movies and series for families and kids streaming in June.