5 Tips for Giving Your Children Better Summer Experiences

| June 6, 2016 | 20 Comments

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Comcast. The opinions and text are all mine. 5 Tips for Giving Your Children Better Summer Experiences

Simply Summer Punch Fake Cry

As some of you already know, thanks to XFINITY Latino, I’m taking my older kids to the Copa America, Argentina vs. Chile game today, in Santa Clara, CA. For my older children, Antonio and Pedro, this is a dream come true. Pedro even made a video about it, with his best friend, Alvaro. They are so grateful, and I’m happy that they get to have this experience together.

I chased after XFINITY Latino to become an Ambassador. While my experiences with them were great, there was something so much more profound that made me know, this is the company I want to marry! Throughout my journey working with them, I realized that they are in the business of experiences. Sure, they keep up with the trends to stay ahead and give you the latest technology, best coverage, and great packages, but it’s more than that. They truly care about their customers experiences, whether about an in-store visit, call to customer service, or using their products. Your experience matters to them, just like our children’s experiences matter to us. The other day, my best friend told me, “they’re not going to remember that the house was dirty that one Thursday.” I was having a stressful day, feeling like I just couldn’t keep up, and frustrated by the messy house I didn’t have time to clean. It’s not like I didn’t know that what my friend said was true, but somehow, hearing it in that moment snapped me back into focus. Check out the tutorial for this DIY Sensory table we made recently, by clicking  on the picture.

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When I hung up the phone, I stopped what I was doing and spent the next 20 minutes playing with my children. Sometimes, we just need a reminder. That’s what I want to do today. I want to remind you that XFINITY Latino wants you to have the best experience XFINITY X1, in your language, cuando te conviene, where you want, with the people you most want to share those experiences with. During my last conversation with XFINITY Latino, they stressed how important it was to them that I share my own experiences with you. That made me believe, they want feedback. They want to give their best. They want to listen to their customers. They want to exceed expectations. They don’t just want your business. They want a conversation, a relationship with their customers. They want you to experience moments you’ll remember and cherish. 

As a parent, that resonates with me, so much! Personally, I can’t give my children everything they want, but I can give them the best of me, and nurture their experiences so they’ll become long lasting memories.

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Here are my 5 tips for giving your children better summer experiences.

  • Be Spontaneous

It’s great to have something to look forward to, like a planned family vacation, but the element of surprise is also special. A simple trip for ice-cream, a movie night buffet of goodies, or a day at the beach, or a get-together, it doesn’t matter what it is. The surprise will be priceless. Being spontaneous also has a hidden lesson of teaching your children to be flexible, which will go far in raising happy adults.

  • Pick a Theme

Whether you pick a theme for the whole Summer, or you want to switch it up each day, or choose themed activities, it doesn’t matter. Picking a theme has another valuable lesson. It teaches us to be completely into something, into that moment, and how to give it our all.

  • Share New Summer Experiences

Doing something you’ve never done before is exciting, Having someone to share it with is epic. Let your child take a friend to go fishing for the first time, visit a new place, or see a new movie for the first time. Yes, there’s another lesson. Here, we learn that we can find joy in other people’s happiness. So let your child share a happy experience with someone else, and talk to them about how great that feels!

  • Gather Together

You don’t have to have a full-blown party to entertain friends. An afternoon BBQ, porch-lunch with the neighbors, movie night with friends, or a viewing party to watch one the remaining Copa America games are all great reasons to gather. The lesson here is that we need to appreciate the people we have in our lives, while we have them!

  • Set New Goals

June is a great time to reflect on those goals we set in the beginning of the year. Evaluate the goals you already had and make a few new ones. This lesson is just about teaching our children the importance of self-evaluation so we can can make good decisions about what comes next!

What tips do you have for better summer experiences? Also, remember to check back in later this week to see a recap of our own Copa America experience! For even more news and entertainment, visit the XFINITY Latino Facebook Page.

By:  Alicia Gonzalez

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Comcast. The opinions and text are all mine. *Comments submitted may be displayed on other websites owned by the sponsoring brand.*

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  1. Robin Rue says:

    My goal every summer is to do at least 3 fun things every week. They don;t have to be new, but they HAVE to be fun!

  2. Melissa Ann says:

    Thanks so much for sharing these great ideas! Summer can and should be so much more than just watching TV.

  3. meagan says:

    I’m so excited to experience summer with my kids! I love the idea of choosing a theme! I am trying to make sure we do at least one activity a day.

  4. I love summer time with the kids! It’s so much fun to see them experience new things and find new activities they love to do!

  5. susan says:

    these are some great ideas! Some fun activities the family will love.

  6. alalisainfo says:

    These are really fun summer ideas. I can’t wait to spend summer with my two little nieces. We definitely love being spontaneous on certain days – makes our activities and day-outs a little more interesting!

  7. Kathy says:

    All of these are some great ideas. Anything to get kids away from electronics is great. I think when kids can do anything else outside or even inside that doesn’t involve them staring at screens is great.

  8. Summer can be such a fun time for kids. I remember all of the fun we had. I appreciate you sharing these tips!!

  9. Danielle says:

    One thing I tend to forget is that kinds really only need simplicity. We don’t need to have extravagant outings or meals all throughout summer. It’s the little things that make them most happy, like camping in the back yard or a night of catching lightning bugs in a jar.

  10. Clarissa says:

    I love this post about giving your kids the best summer that you can give them. I love the tips that you provided. I will try to maybe come up a theme for our family this summer!

  11. What fun ideas for summer activities. I want to do a mixture of fun activities and educational things this summer so they are able to retain what they learned from the school year before.

  12. Dawn Lopez says:

    I do love being spontaneous but I find we are better about having fun when it’s planned ahead of time. You have some great thoughts on summer fun and now I need to get busy and plan some adventures of our own. 😉

  13. Jeanette says:

    We can’t wait to get out there and do stuff together. We love to just go and do! It is fun to be spontaneous.

  14. Such great ideas! We are making a summer bucket list with ideas for days we have spare change, rainy days, and special projects we can do at home with what we have.

  15. thank you for the great ideas. everything looks so much fun

  16. Janis says:

    Lots of great ideas here for quality time with family and kids this summer. I agree that one of the keys to a better summer experience is revisiting New Year’s resolutions and setting goals for the second half of the year.

  17. I used to sign my kids up for quite a few camps. They were active all darn day such that when they came home, it didn’t matter to me if they just goofed off and played video or watched tv. KEEP THEM busy for sure.

  18. We try to be spontaneous i the summer. We will plan a trip and not tell the kids where we are going until we get there so it is a surprise.

  19. I love that you took time to play with your kids. That is awesome and something I want to incorporate into my summer as well.

  20. Liz Mays says:

    I love how you emphasized the importance of spending time with the people most important to us. The DIY sensory table is a great idea too, and I’ll check out that tutorial.

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