Thursday June 21stis the official first day of Summer. New Jersey schools are tracking pretty close as they close on or just before the 22ndof June. However down here in Tennessee school is already out.
For some parents that is a hard transition especially working parents. New plans have to be made to accommodate for child care. Finding camps and activities can be a stressor. On the other hand, working or not, many look to the vacation time with their children and hope to make memories.
There is an old song called “Summertime” that comes to mind this time of the year. Here are some of the Lyrics.
“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
Those lyrics seem much more realistic to me since I moved down south, then when I lived in a suburb of NJ where I grew up and raised my family. Although, I always liked it when school was out, since our time restrains were lifted and homework was nonexistence.
The song goes on in another stanza to say
“One of these mornings you’re gonna rise up singing
And you’ll spread your wings and you’ll take to the sky
Before you know it the kids will be out and about without you. There is a lot of teaching on parenting but not nearly enough on letting go. Letting go happens at many different stages. It is a delicate balance of knowing when and how to guide and when to let them learn from their choices. Fortunately, we have the Lord to guide us, and, hopefully, we learn how to enjoy our children and let them enjoy us.
Planning activities are fine as long as they are bringing us together. Summertime is for physical activity like swimming, hiking, badminton, volley ball, etc. Sometimes though the simple things like board games are just what we need. We can sit face to face at a table, talk and goof around.
It has always been my hope to have Tikvah readers be a community. Are you guys willing to share some summer time activities and vacation spots that were special to your family memories? Have you found any board games that your family felt were especially great fun? Please tell us the ages of your children when you share what they enjoyed most.
Looking forward to hearing from you,