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Summer is a time for lemonade, swimsuits and sunscreen. Days are longer, and no school means there is more time to spend together as a family. Every year, I have set a goal to accomplish a list of things I want to do over the course of the summer with my family. Unfortunately, by the time summer rolls to an end, my list isn’t even near completion. Year after year, I realize that I wasted my summer and didn’t take full advantage of the extra sunlight and warm weather that I could enjoy with the people I care about the most.
With a little effort, you can make this the best summer for you and your family members. Here are a few ways to involve your entire family and make this upcoming summer one to remember.
Hold a family council
When determining your summer activities, discuss your ideas as a family. Designate one night to creating a plan for your summer. Pull out your calendar and jot down events that you know are already taking place such as church activities, extra-curricular activities, sporting events, etc. Then, ask each family member what additional activities they would like to do. These activities could involve camping trips, hiking, swimming, enjoying a picnic at a specific park, etc. When you include your family in the brainstorming process, they feel like they are involved from the very beginning and will be more excited to participate in the activities later on in the summer.
Once you have a plan established, take action. If you need tickets to a certain event you want to attend, make those purchases immediately. If your child wants to fly kites but you don’t know where the kites are, search for them. If you don’t take action right away, you may become too busy or forget the small details which can hinder the entire excursion.
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