Summer can be the best of times, and it can also be the worst of times. Much of your summer success depends on your own attitude. I’ve put together a little list of do’s and don’ts to help you make it through the summer with an attitude of delight instead of simple survival. I hope you find this list is an uplifting boost and a gentle nudge to look toward the positive during the summer months.
Thank the Lord each morning for at least three blessings.
Look for opportunities to speak a word of encouragement into your kids.
Give them a loving look and a smile often throughout your day.
Listen to them.
Discipline in love.
Invite friends and fun into your home.
Encourage creativity, laughter and expression.
Read often with and to your kids.
Play outside with them.
Remember God loves you.
Tell your kids you love them and God loves them each day.
Worry about the mess in the house more than the heart of the child.
Scream to get your point across.
Over-schedule your family with too many activities.
Try to do everything on your own.
Only look for what your family members are doing wrong.
Waste time grumbling and complaining.
Neglect your spiritual, emotional and/or physical well-being.
Do practice these principles throughout the summer, and you will not only see a change in your own attitude, but in your kids as well. Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit your work to the Lord, and then your plans will succeed.” Let’s commit our summer plans to the Lord and walk in His joy each day.
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