Clean It Like You Mean It1 of 9
Don't you wish you loved anything as much as your kids love their toys, books and games? The minute you try to toss it, donate it or otherwise move it out of sight while they're home you'll start a tantrum but the thing is, if these items "magically" disappear while they're away, the kids will likely never notice anything went missing at all. Decluttering win!
Lunch With Friends (And Cloth Napkins)2 of 9
We don't often get a chance to spend time with friends without the kids in tow, and a real grown-up lunch is a wonderful way to get together. Indulge in an afternoon of fork-and-knife cuisine and real glassware, without a chicken nugget or crayon in sight.
Go Ahead, Read The Whole Book3 of 9
When you say hello to parenthood, you say goodbye to getting through a book in under a year. Even when you have the chance to bury your nose in a novel, you often fall asleep two paragraphs in. Sure, sending the kids to camp is a chance to knock a ton of tasks off your to-do list, but reading for pleasure is good for you! In fact, some studies suggest that reading for fun can improve happiness, prevent memory loss, and make us a more empathetic society.
Sleep In Or Take A Nap -- Or Both4 of 9
Like reading a book, sleep may seem like a luxury these days, but many of us aren't getting enough of it. Treat yourself to a few snooze cycles in the morning, or take a quick nap in the afternoon. Sleep nurtures both body and spirit.
Work (But Not Too Much)5 of 9
Many kids are in camp because parents are at work. Hey, society doesn't stop running when school's out. Start work a little earlier or keep at it a little later, catching up or getting ahead in preparation for the hectic fall season to come.
Binge, Discuss, Repeat6 of 9
It may be difficult to binge watch a show along with your spouse or a friend, so instead of watching together, why not treat TV like a book club? Pick a show, watch separately, and then discuss at lunch, date night or while working out. Now that's multitasking!
Errands Can Be Fun (Sorta)7 of 9
Remember running errands alone? Oh, the freedom! The productivity! You could run more errands in one hour than you can in a week these days. Try it again, and we'd bet you can fit in the post office, dry cleaner, pharmacy and the bank with time left over for groceries. It's almost fun. Okay, not fun, but it's definitely satisfying.
Get Moving!8 of 9
We've all avoided exercise at some point by saying we don't have time for it. While that's not always totally true, it's a flat-out lie when the kids are at camp. There is no denying that getting moving is good for us, and the more we do it, the more we like it, and the more we like it, the more we prioritize it. Get moving while the kids are away, and by the time camp is over, a new, healthier habit may be formed!