By: Luisa del Río
Summer vacation is quickly approaching and parents are entering into panic-mode because they don’t know what to do with their young ones. The kids think it’s time to sleep all day, not shower, eat junk food and spend their entire days playing video games.
We need to take advantage of this time and create the opportunity for them to discover, experience and grow in their responsibilities. The goal is for our kids to grow in wisdom and knowledge, in stature and in favor with God and men.
Vacations are an opportunity to do things we would not regularly do. Visit museums, botanical gardens, ecological sights and fun places that offer knowledge and new experiences.
I have the goal to teach my children how to cook this summer. They need to learn to prepare their own food, as it is very useful for them in life and a good thing when they are alone.
During their vacation, our children need to take on responsibilities and help around the house.
Teach them to make their bed and motivate them to do it even on vacation (offering them a prize can be very effective!)
Share the chores: one can wash the dishes, another pick up the laundry, and another clean the bathrooms. The idea is for them to value the hard work of those who regularly do the housework.
Teach them how to manage money. Will they choose to save or spend their allowance? How do they manage their money when they’re out with friends at the movies and having ice cream? Give them a financial incentive for their extra chores like weeding out the garden, washing the car or walking the dog.
There are parents who register their kids in camps, classes or sports teams for the summer. What a great idea! We need them to move, to work their minds and use their free time in a productive manner.
Get them involved in the church’s activities. There are generally encounters and activities in the cell groups during summer vacation. Let them serve and discover their calling.
Motivate them to improve their devotional time and memorize Bible verses. The idea is for them to grow in wisdom and knowledge, in stature and in favor with God and men.
“And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and [a]stature, and in favor with God and men.” Luke 2:52
Luisa del Río