Summer is in full swing in our house. The days are long and hot – and the children are finished up with school. We are actually in the midst of beginning to slowly begin to think about next school year. However, I find myself reminding my kids of a few things as the mid summer slump comes up.
So, what does summer not mean? Here are a few simple things I remind my kids (and myself) as we are shifting gears this summer.
- Summer does not mean lazy – It is real easy to get lazy over the summer. Some kids want to just veg out. There is time for that. However, summer does not mean that we let our kids veg out on video games, television shows, and mindless bickering with each other. In our house, summer means that we stay on schedule. We do things like “Make it Monday”, where my kids each get to make something, trip Thursday and fun Friday! We also use this time to work on home projects and organizing our home. Spring is great for that- but many hands make light work, and during summer, the hands are plenty -and so is the heat. It isn’t always possible to be outside as much as we like, so doing projects inside is key.
- Summer does not mean you stop learning- This last year, we started homeschooling. We have gone with a more child-led, year-round approach – which meant my youngest daughter is just finishing up 1st grade this summer. With this in mind, we have decided that summer does not mean we don’t learn. We continue to learn about things that we can’t focus on during the normal school year. We read – a lot! We study God’s Word together more! Summer means time for me to invest in the learning of my two children who are still in public school – and to enrich the learning of our youngest.
- Summer does not mean you lose focus- Summer is an amazing time to have a mission – to share the love of Christ with those you come in contact with. We can be intentional about our relationships- and take time to spend with people and share the love of Christ. Invest in the lives of your children- you have more time with your children during summer than any other season. Make sure you are taking time to make the most important investment possible – an eternal investment in your children.
Summer doesn’t mean a lot of things- but there is one thing summer does mean. It means quality family time. It means time of fun, learning and even time to relax. How will you be spending your summer?