Does this sound familiar?
Almost two full months into 2017 already and less than a month away until we officially hit spring. As a kid, warmer weather meant longer days outside and more mischief to get into. It meant having friends over to go on adventures together and explore the world aka our farm. I had no idea what being an adult or a parent would require. Instead I had a carefree attitude and a trusty co-pilot in my black lab named Duke. I also would see how dirty I could become before my mom would not let me back inside the house.
Now fast forward to 2017 and things sure have changed. We’ve all aged and that means more responsibilities that we have to learn how to juggle on a daily basis. I would challenge each of us as parents to remember those times we had as young kids. Make sure you are allowing your child to do what they do best, be a kid!!! There will be plenty of activities that we will sign them up for during the spring/summer/fall months. Activities such as sports, church camps and other social groups, and I do believe these are important. It’s also significant to understand that they are only young once. Take time out of your schedule to make sure they are able to do what they want to do. Such as going swimming, fishing, camping, or something as simple as playing in the mud after a rainstorm. I know I’m not the only parent that needs an excuse to play in the mud with our kids 🙂
Release your inner kid
Take time to cherish these moments in their lives. One of the best gifts we can give our kids in today’s world is an environment where they feel safe and most importantly are encouraged to be a kid. Too many times we can get caught up in thinking we as parents must have our kid’s daily summer schedule planned out in itinerary form. When in actuality, all they want is for us to do a cannonball with them into the pool!!!