Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a real blessing.”Psalm 127:3
School’s out for summer! Thank you, Jesus. Summer break can bring slower paced mornings. Summer can bring pajama days. Summer can also bring sibling fights. Summer can bring, “I’m bored. There’s nothing to do!” I want to encourage you to be intentional with your summer. Having some goals or objectives can help your summer be kinder and less scattered. I am not suggesting that you plan each day rigidly. But think and ask yourself, what are some things I want my children to learn this summer? What are some fun experiences for our family this summer? For most districts, you have about 10 weeks of summer break, give or take. A couple of those weeks might be for vacation. For a start, maybe get a large calendar and write down all summer camps, VBS, sports camps and such.
Kids usually stay up later during the summer. How about striving for a once-a-week family night? A night where all the electronics are gathered into a basket and you spend focused time together. What you do with this evening is completely up to you. You could have a movie night with popcorn at home. You could camp in the backyard or living room. You could play board games. You could have a cooking night where you bake and try new recipes. You could have a family devotion time. Maybe you plan ahead and go into the town and bless others. Maybe you serve a widow or single mom. Maybe you assign your high schoolers one night each week, that they are responsible for planning and cooking dinner to better teach them to cook. Maybe you pick a book or two and you read a chapter each night together at bedtime. Maybe you plan a weekly trip to the library. I would encourage you to set boundaries on electronics. A summer full of TV and YouTube can contribute to obesity, laziness and entitled kids. I would encourage you to have everyone in the family share the household chores. Summer is also a great time to teach your children about money. Weekly allowances, given faithfully, can help train our children to save, give and spend within their means. Your children learn from trying things. They learn as much when they fail at something (or more) as they do when they try things and succeed. These life lessons are so important in becoming healthy adults. So, knowing you only have 10 weekends to enjoy with your children, pray and seek God’s will for your family. Have fun with your children this summer. Play hard, pray much and learn together. Remember, the days are long but the years are short! What are some life skills that your children can learn this summer? Here are a few that come to mind:
- How to sort, wash, fold, and put away laundry
- How to fill, run, and unload the dishwasher
- How to dust, sweep, and mop
- How to wash windows
- How to vacuum
- How to cook and bake the basics
- How to write a letter or thank you card and address and mail it
- How to set aside time to meet with Jesus each day in Bible reading and prayer
- The importance of daily exercise and drinking water daily
- How to properly clean the bathroom
- How to sew a button on or hem a pair of pants
If your children are High Schoolers:
- How to manage their money and maintain a checking account responsibly
- How to put gas in the car and basic upkeep of a vehicle
- How to drive
- How to mow and weed eat the yard
- How to pay a bill
The possibilities are endless. Train them up my friends!
Parents, as the Faith Builders in the Home, you can start here:
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