Congratulations! You white-knuckled your way through May with all of the final projects, celebrations, and awards days. Welcome to summer! Summer promises a hot sun, lazy mornings–and kids who bore easily and fuss often. Our sanity is seriously at risk!
A solid plan and clear expectations help to maintain our sanity during the long summer days. Establishing boundaries around time and activities early in the summer can curb some of those screen time conflicts and “I’m bored,” comments.
Deuteronomy 6:5 is a great place to start: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (NIV). Jesus echoed this standard for life in Matthew 22:37 and 39. He said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind . . . Love your neighbor as yourself” (NIV).
Using these passages as my guide, I create a four-part summer infrastructure to help maintain my summer sanity. This not only keeps the peace, it helps me remain intentional with this time I have with my kids in the summer months.
We have a motto at our house: Have to’s before want to’s. This motto is important during the summer, as well as the school year. I give the kids four “have to’s” each day: heart, head, health, and help. They have the liberty to choose how they pursue each one. At the beginning of the summer, we spend a little time brainstorming ways they can fulfill these four parts each day. Once the “have to’s” are complete, they can move on to their “want to’s.”
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