In most homes, school is over, and summertime has begun. On the one hand,
most moms feel grateful that warm weather is here, family fun has begun, and
the stress of the school year is on hold for the next three months. The kids are
ecstatic because they get to run through the yard shooting water guns at their friends,
sleep in and stay up later, and take a break from dreaded homework.
But it doesn’t take too long before another set of emotions creep in.
“I’m bored!” “Why do I have to mow the lawn? I’m on break!” “Will you two stop
fighting?” “Shut off the video games; you have been playing for two hours!”
Mixed in with all that perceived fun you were going to have is a big dose of reality.
It’s not so easy having everyone under the same roof day and night, not to mention
the half dozen neighborhood children that have joined your family. The house is falling
apart as wet feet drag in the outside dirt. You’re getting worn down by the almost
constant requests for drinks, snacks, attention and chauffeuring. And your kids have
suddenly realized that you had not planned on entertaining them all summer long.
Sound familiar? Having an amazing summer with your children, that also includes you
enjoying your own “adult” summer, requires you to be more intentional. It might not seem
possible to get any of your own down time, or put together the structure that is necessary
to start working and playing together as a team. But here are 10 quick tips you can put to
help you make immediate and significant changes in your family.
Have a fun-filled summer!