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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! 

 

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