Take a Chill Pill, Mom and Dad
It’s the second week since school went out, (and for many families what therefore feels like the beginning of the summer), and consider this question: What have you done with your time? Apparently, what our kids most want – as some experts are suggesting – is not more summer camps, and schedules activities. They want the adults around them to just rest easy for a while. I think we often forget how much our running around, which seems important at the time, impacts our kids, and their own sense of how life is meant to be lived. A Globe article a few days ago gave some advice for parents, that might resonate and help families decide what they want the mood of their summer to be.
The over-arching message of the gospel is to live intentionally. And while a big part of that means serving others, it also means slowing down and being aware of the people around you. To do that, every member of the family needs to put their feet up once in a while. And we shouldn’t need our kids to remind us to do it with them.
Here’s the Globe acticle if you want to take a look: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/parenting/why-parents-should-add-relax-to-their-to-do-list/article4393308/
Date: July 9, 2012