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Great ways to make summer matter | Moms

This is definitely the time of year for weary teachers and antsy children, a sure sign that school is out in a few days for summer.

I have read several different blog posts this last week that have caught my attention in regards to making summer matter and enjoying the time we have with our children over the next 2-3 months.

A photo I saw the other day read: “Sweet mamas slow down. Seasons are short. Enjoy the watermelon and sticky S’more days.”

This last week I really felt God was tugging at my heart to be intentional with the time I spend with them over the next few months.

There is a tendency to sometimes feel overwhelmed with trying to figure out how we spend our days, we as moms have our agenda of swim lessons and chores, which is not a bad thing.

We can also face those first few days of summer vacation with fear and dread over a change in schedule and routines.

Last year I actually wrote a blog post on making a summer visual schedule for our kids.

This worked well for us and I am going to do this again.

As I thought about this summer I decided to ask my kids what things they would like to do.

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We decided to start a list of things. I was surprised and excited by all of them.

As an idea comes up, my boys will ask me to add it to our list.

I cannot guarantee that we will do all of these, but it is a good way to connect with your kids and find out what kind of expectations they have and you may even be surprised by some of the fun ideas they suggest.

Here are some of the things my older boys said they would like to do with me this summer:

1. Bake cookies and share with neighbors

2. Camp in the living room

3. Go to the beach

4. Go swimming at the Y or UCC

5. Take a road trip to California to visit dear friends

6. Feed the ducks at the duck pond

7. Make homemade Playdough

My hope this summer is that I will enjoy connecting with my boys through the activities and ideas they have suggested.

I pray that we will enjoy each other and grow in our relationships. My hope is that we can slow down and focus on what is important.

As I was processing this all, I knew that as a mom I need to make some changes too.

This may mean switching off my computer or even not turning it on; being really intentional about when I use my phone to text and call; doing my computer work either early in the morning or at night after the boys are in bed.

Also making sure I use the down time to pick up the house or to refill myself so I can enjoy the time I do have with my boys.

I am excited about summer.I know we are in for a great few months of making new family memories and stories.

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“Sweet mamas slow down. Seasons are short. Enjoy the watermelon and sticky S’more days.”


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