I know what many of you are thinking…

How did it get to be May?  How is summer just around the corner? 

I listened to a recent Focus on the Family broadcast about “Managing Your Family’s Summer Schedule.”  Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley discussed how to plan a great summer vacation and skip the pitfalls of unmet expectations and last minute planning.

It was a helpful way for me to start thinking of our summer break which begins in June.  I liked this piece of advice from the Smalleys:

Ask your children…What would make summer vacation memorable / fun for you?  What would you like to do? 

So, I took turns asking each of my children this question.  I was really pleased at how do-able their answers were.

Ice cream date.

Overnight at grandma and grandpa’s.

Movie night.

Reading night.  (I know, a parent’s dream!)

Water balloon play date.

Lego store. 

Going to a pool. 

Mexican restaurant to practice their Spanish. (That sounds like more fun than doing a workbook from home right?) 

I wrote down their answers on my computer.  I can either make a little bucket list with the activities on slips of paper or clothespins.  I can check them off a grand chart as we do them.

The main thing is anticipation.  Look, we have all these things to look forward to doing together!

It doesn’t have to take a lot of money.  Activities can be done after work on weekdays.

What’s on your list this summer? 

Why not ask your children and get some excitement going!  Summer is coming! 


Arlene Pellicane

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