Maybe you’re like my family and summer break is already approaching the one month mark. Or maybe this is week one. Either way, my guess is that your patience has already been tested. We aren’t used to being together for longer hours with less structure.
My kids know which buttons to push – both for their sibling AND for mom!
It’s an interesting phenomenon that happens when school is out for summer (and more so for those who have children who attend a school building daily through the year). First, there’s the drama of either being sad that school is over or elated. Then, there’s the new schedule (or not) that needs to take root… staying up too late and sleeping in (if you’re lucky)! And of course, the endless eating of anything in sight. I’m exhausted just thinking about it!
My own exhaustion can lead to a short fuse.
“No, you cannot stay up to watch a movie!”
“No, you cannot have another popsicle!”
“If you touch your sister one more time….”
“Don’t even look at him! Just go to your room!”
Hmmmm. If mama ain’t happy, well, you know how it goes. Without very much thought or effort, you find your household in a not-so-happy place.
So, how can you help your family get on track for a great summer? Here are some ideas that I hope will encourage you as you work to be a patient leader for your children:
Pray together. Do this to start your day and throughout the day as problems arise.
Actively seek to serve your neighbors. We all know it’s good to take the focus off ourselves. Plus, God calls us to love our neighbor. Get motivated here.
Try new things. Maybe boredom is fueling the grumpy fire. Have a brainstorming session of new things you could do as a family. I have a few ideas on my Pinterest page.
Institute a schedule. Summer doesn’t need to be a free for all. Try having a simple rhythm to your days. Have fun!
No rest? Know rest! Remember that everyone needs a break whether or not they realize it. Build in some alone time every day. I loooove quiet reading time! Need some suggestions? Click here.
Creativity reigns. Whether it’s in the garden, sidewalk chalk masterpieces, or taking messy art projects outdoors, summer is the perfect time to get creative with your kids.
Encourage the positive. As always, praise your kids when you see them being loving and kind. Seeing the positive and recognizing it goes a long way toward changing attitudes.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
What tests your patience the most and how do you overcome it?
By Jenna Hallock
Wife to Mark
Mom of two
1 Corinthians 13 Parenting Team Member
Family Time Training