Summer…Kids love it, Moms dread it. Gone is the structure and lack of routine. It seems my kids’ brains seem to fade over summer too. But what if we could change that a little? What if we could embrace summer for all its worth? Why not set some goals and cultivate it as a time to build charcter before Fall rolls around the corner.
Stay with me! It doesn’t mean we have to create a big long list and forego camping, waterparks, sleep over’s and catching fire flies. It goes back to what Paul wrote in the Bible. In order to maintain our spiritual growth, we have to work at. We read the Bible, do our studies, pray, and are always asking God what the next step is. But in order to make it to the next step, we have to keep running the race set before us and summer is the perfect time for it!
The Need for Self-Discipline
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 1st Corinthians 9:23-25.
Set Goals This Summer With Your Kids
1. Sit down with your kids and talk about what Goals are.
2. Have each child make a list (break out the glitter glue and sparkle markers for this one).
3. Post it to your fridge.
4. Ask them for help on what Goal you need to set. (Mine is generally yelling, lame I know 🙂 ).
The idea behind all of this is of course to make them understand they are working towards something and what they are doing is important!
My favorite site for all things in the world of charting is:http://www.freeprintablebehaviorcharts.com/goal_setting_charts.htm and its free.
* Learn to kick a soccer ball.
*Learn to count to 3, 5, or 10.
* Character building of listening to Mommy in the store.
* Learn how to ride a bike.
* Learn how to swim.
* Cultivating fine dinner manners (we’ve done this but have used areas with outdoor patios to help with volume control).
* To earn, manage, and spend money.
* Character building of giving to those less fortunate.
What ideas do you have? Character building counts and it may make summer a bit more memorable for you.