Now that school is out summertime can be a busy time of the year. As a working mom, if I’m not intentional with making plans, summer will be over and kids will be back in school before I know it. I’m entering into a new stage of life, where my kids are becoming ‘tweens’ and I have the joy parenting bad attitudes and arguments with their sibling.
I want to make summer fun, but I also want to use it as an opportunity to grow and learn.
5 Things I’m Doing This Summer to Be More Intentional:
1. Making Day Trip/Weekend Getaway Wish Lists: This year I’ve asked the kids what are some fun activities you want to do this summer or some local places you want to visit we would normally not do during the year. We have an RV and want to go on weekend camping trips so we’ve made a list of places we want to visit. We are a military family and never know how long we will be where we live, so we want to visit as many places as we can!
If you live in Colorado, places that have made the list are The Denver Mint, Mt. Princeton Hot Springs, Durango, Estes Park, Aspen, trampoline park, Royal Gorge train, Cave of the Winds, and indoor sky diving.
2. Making a reading list. I love to read. Summer is a great time to catch up on books, I haven’t had time to read. So the kids and I are making a summer reading list of books we would like to read. If you have any recommendations for a 12-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy, Please leave in the comments below.
My kids aren’t the most avid readers so we have to be intentional about making time to read. Their school has a point system where they receive points for reading which goes towards a grade which is a wonderful incentive for them to read more! And also the fun day trips we planned can be a fun incentive.
3. Making a Chore List. Boring, right?!?!? As a parent if I want to help build character in my child, chores are one of the best ways to do it. Doing chores helps us all be a part of a team that helps contribute towards maintaining the household, it’s not just one person’s job to take care of everything. We pick age appropriate chores (and they receive an allowance), and make sure they’re done daily/weekly.
Giving them an allowance also helps teach them how to manage money by saving towards something they want to buy themselves (which they always appreciate more than when something is just given to them).
4. Setting side an intentional time for family games and devotionals. Do you have any fun favorite family games you like to play together? Going camping has definitely got us more motivated to play games together. But at home my favorite game to play is SPOONS.
It’s a card game, where everyone sits in a circle. One person has the deck of cards. Each player has four cards in their hands. The purpose of the game is to get 4 of a kind. Whoever gets 4 of a kind first takes the first spoon until all the spoons in the center are gone. Whoever is left without a spoon gets a letter. Whoever spell the word SPOON first loses. Sometimes this game does not always end well. There may be the occasional fighting and tears, but the more we play, the more we learn it’s not always about winning, but just being together.
Setting side a time to do family devotionals is an ever evolving process. The time that usually works best for us is right before bed. We’ve picked You Version Bible App Bible reading plan we can read together as a family and have meaningful conversations that really work on our hearts. Two Bible reading plans we’ve picked to read together are Compassion: 30 days of heart work and Homegrown: Cultivating Kids in the Fruit of the Spirit.
Does your family read devotionals together or a Bible reading plan? Which one do you do?
5. Joining a Bible Study Group. This summer I’ve opened my home to a group of women from my church to complete the on-line Bible study by Kelly Minter “No Other gods,” by Lifeway. This summer Lifeway is offering the videos for “No Other gods,” for free when you sign-up to do the on-line study. It is a great way to connect with other women who I would normally not connect with and we get to complete a Bible Study together! And if you’re schedule is too busy sign up to do the on-line study! Just click on link above or image below.
What Bible study are you working on this summer?
I would love to hear what you are doing this summer and what steps you are taking to be more intentional.
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