Getting Ready for Summer (May Dinner Discussions)

My girls are counting down the days until school gets out. We have 17 days left.

My girls dream of days of sleeping in, hanging out with friends and spending time at the pool.

Summer is a precious gift. It's time to relax without the constant schedules of hockey and soccer pulling at our time. It's time that I get to be the main influence on my kids' lives. I'm not shipping them out the door every morning and letting someone else teach them for eight hours of the day. All of that time is mine to pour into them. I have more opportunity to really live out the words of Deuteronomy 6:6-9, simply because we are together so much more often.

Every summer, I try to make the most of the time we're given. We spend time learning and exploring and trying new things. My kids are always wondering what new thing I'm going to think of next. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens." Summer is our time to learn together, laugh together and grow together.

Summer is a great time to work with your kids on character qualities you want them to have. It's a great time to introduce them to new foods, new experiences and new ideas. But it won't happen unless you plan for it. Many of the blog posts this month are going to focus on getting ready for summer. They're going to help you plan to be intentional with your summer, and May's Dinner Discussion questions are the starting point.

Use these questions to get your kids talking about what they love about summer. Get them to tell you the things that they want their summer to include. Then, when you get down to the planning stage, you'll already have a list of ideas. You might want to jot down your kids' answers to some of these questions to give you a starting point.

Starting on Monday, I'll be doing a series on the blog about how to plan for your summer. We'll have lots of freebies along the way, we'll make a summer planning binder, and by the end of the month you'll have everything you need to make this the best summer ever. Be sure to get started with May's Dinner Discussion questions and start thinking about the things you want your summer to include.

With a little planning, this will be the best summer ever for you and your kids.

Linking up today with Time-Warp Wife, Growing Home, and A Pause on the Path.