The calendar says summer starts on June 20, but around here, May 24 marks the day. As far as my kids are concerned, it's the first day of sleeping in, trips to the pool, playing outside with friends and having fun.
As a parent, it's easy to view summer as a long stretch of days with no structure. Some parents I know dread summer. The thought of filling all those days with activity is daunting. I think Phineas and Ferb said it best, There's 104 days of summer vacation and school comes along just to end it, but the annual problem for our generation is finding a good way to spend it.
I won't lie and say that I look forward to every moment of summer. We have our share of grumpy days, fighting children and moments when I'd love to throw up my hands, walk out the door and let someone else deal with the kids. But, when my youngest started school four years ago, I realized that summer was my best chance to pour into my kids. It's a time when they aren't focused on anything else. School is out. Activities have slowed to a trickle. It's a great time to get their attention.
So, I decided to be deliberate about how we spend our time during the summers. I decided to use at least some of that time to fill them up with the things that God thinks are important. Oh, I don't sit them down and preach at them, but we find fun ways to learn important life lessons. We read. We spend time with friends. We play games. And we have summer adventures -- all with an eye toward growing kids who love God and love others.
All of that doesn't just happen. It requires planning, and this is usually the time of the year when I start planning out our summer. Being intentional with our summers has created some great memories. It has meant the time seems to fly by. And it means my kids are learning the things that God thinks are important.
Last week, I promised that we would be starting a series on planning for your summer. Today is the first day. I'm calling it The Best Summer Ever. I hope you'll join us every day as we start planning for the summer. During this series, you'll find helpful tips for living out Deuteronomy 6:6-9 across the summer months. It doesn't matter if you're a stay-at-home mom, a working mom, the mom of teens or the mom of preschoolers, any mom can use the principles you'll learn.
You'll make your own The Best Summer Ever planning binder. We'll have plenty of free printables, some giveaways and hopefully, a whole lot of fun. If you miss a day, all of the good stuff, including any posts you missed, can be found under The Best Summer Ever tab in the menu bar above that cute picture of me and my girls.
Today, simply grab a binder and print off The Best Summer Ever cover. Let me know you're joining me on this summer planning adventure by leaving a comment here or on the Everyday Truth Facebook page. Share this blog with your friends, and let's get started.
With a little thought, a lot of prayer and a bit of planning, you can make this a summer where you live out the words of Proverbs 22:6 and "start your children off on the way they should go." Get ready for The Best Summer Ever.