Summer time is a welcomed change to the daily routine of the school year. However, with all the “downtime” the season brings many of us start to panic and wonder … “What are the kids going to do all summer?” I know we cringe and dread hearing, “I’m bored” and “what are we going to do now?”
So, we jump into high gear and look for things to keep them busy. As a working mom, I also know the reality of needing to have our kids supervised in some full/half day activity during working hours while striking a balance of enjoying and embracing the “downtime” and carefree nature of summer.
The beauty of summer is being able to indulge ourselves (and allowing our kids to do the same) in free time. Wow, what a concept right? FREE TIME! However, I’m curious … how much do our kids really know, understand and revel in “free time”? How often do we model, teach and “do” free time well in our homes?
When the day to day feels like “wash, rinse, repeat” and find yourself saying over and over "I'm done!", I'm exhausted!" ... what are the values you believe are governing you and your family? Are you able to say that your values are present day to day
It's hard to emphatically say "Yes, 100%!" However, let me reassure you it is possible to work on getting ourselves and our family closer to that everyday.
Values are things like: honesty, timeliness, trust, humor, fun, respect, creativity, adventure, communication, thankfulness, excellence, abundance ...etc.
I recently learned about the “Wait Until 8th” pledge and campaign and thought to myself, “I HAVE TO SHARE THIS WITH YOU!” Around the time I learned and read about this campaign, I had a fortuitous impromptu conversation with a neighborly 7th grader. As spoke of the nearing end of the schools year, she lead our discussion about having “a tough year” in middle school because of the drama heavily centered around texts, snapchats, screen shots, Instagram, selfies, etc. I don’t believe in coincidences, so I knew it was important to get this message out.
The campaign “empowers parents to rally together to delay giving children a smartphone until at least 8th grade. By banding together, this will decrease the pressure felt by kids and parents alike over the kids having a smartphone. Smartphones are distracting and potentially dangerous for children yet are widespread in elementary and middle school because of unrealistic social pressure and expectations to have one.”
This week I’ve decided to share personal news via a video message as I REVEAL some BIG NEWS that impacts both me and Self Balanced Solutions.
It’s very exciting and most certainly a game changer. I invite you to watch and listen!