Time

Well, it is summer vacation for my kiddos and me… which is a fabulous time for teachers! I get to be home with my kids and that always makes me remember my time as a stay-at-home mom. I love that I can still spend so much free time with them!

Time. We all have it. We all don’t think we have enough of it. 

My baby girl just had her K5 graduation. They do it up with the cap and gowns and everything! I have seen so many high school graduations, being a high school teacher, but it is a little different watching your own kid. I know it was only K5, but it got me thinking. How am I spending my time with my kids?

How do you spend time with your kids?

Most of us, summer is a time with a little bit more freedom. Even if you don’t work in a school and have to work all summer long, your kids don’t have homework, so your evenings are a little less stressful. What are you doing with that time?

In our house, we believe that change comes from relationships. So we pour everything we have into our kids. We spend time with them, listen to their concerns, pray over their struggles. 

Here are a few things that we are doing with our kids this summer, feel free to steal any of our ideas!

1. Building up skills lacking during the school year. The kids have summer reading, so I have to make sure they do that. But some of them also struggled with math, so I am using a subscription to http://www.aleks.com to help my kids get stronger. I have been thoroughly impressed and recommend this to parents!

2. Spend time with friends and family. We are visiting my husband’s side for a week and my side for a week, since neither of them live where we live. We are also getting together with friends by doing different playdates.

3. Spend one-on-one time. I have 4 kids, so I decided that each night, one would stay up past bedtime to do something with mom and dad. Last night, I made salse from scratch with my oldest son! It was his choice, by the way! It is a fairly easy way to make sure that I spend time with each of them, plus there is just something magical about staying up past bedtime! 🙂

4. Do something new. I firmly believe that our creativity comes from our varied experiences. So if you only do the tried and true, you probably aren’t very creative. I LIVE for new adventures and, well, tend to be creative. Do you want creative kids? Break out of your comfort zone and do something different. We will be visiting the FL Keys. We haven’t done that before. But you don’t have to be that exotic. Even if you just do a “staycation”, look up things in your area that you haven’t done before. 

5. Relax with your kids. Turn on a family movie and just snuggle! Wind down together. My youngest daughter gets mad when we don’t do our “tradition”. That is, watching a 20 minute episode on netflix and just snuggle. We do this all year, not just summer! It is a small amount of time spent, but the rewards are great! Plus, I am now very knowledgable on all things cartoon….

6. Spend a little extra time in spiritual development. Pray about what needs work in each kids’ life. Pray over how to handle it and then get focused and started! If you are feeling really brave, ask your kids what mommy or daddy needs to do to be a better parent or person! Then you know what you need to personally work on during the summer!

This school year went so fast for me- I honestly don’t know where all the time went! But we, as parents, are accountable for the time we have with our kids. And it really isn’t that long before K5 graduation turns into high school graduation. My challenge is to not take this time for granted. Embrace it and spend time with your family. Train them, pour into them, love them. It is our job, after all!

 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:5-7NIV

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