Summer is almost here! We are already counting down the days until we are no longer slaves to the school schedule. It’s a nice three-month reprieve and often we set out to enjoy quality family time together. But before long, summer can become difficult to manage. We’re either surrounded by bored children who need to escape the heat, or we are jumping from one trip to the next without enough time in between to do a load of laundry. And in the middle of it all, we still have work and chores that need to get done. Our summer dreams of family bonding quickly turns into longing for the return of the school day structure. Do you feel our pain too?
So how do our families get the most out of our time together this summer? For starters, we all need to give ourselves a break. Let’s all let go of the “perfect summer” fairytale together. You don’t have to run a day-camp for your kids. And their occasional boredom is not your fault. I promise…we will get through this!
At the same time, most of us know we should take advantage of the flexibility our summer schedule offers. It’s a chance for intentional time to deepen family relationships. And being intentional with your time is a lot easier when you have a formula and plan.
A FORMULA FOR QUALITY FAMILY TIME
(PROXIMITY + FREQUENCY) x INTIMACY = QUALITY FAMILY TIME
We cannot grow closer to people that we are not in frequent proximity to. The great deception of the digital age is we can experience community with others through a digital screen. This is simply not true. We were designed to interact with others and our families should be the primary place to have that need met. And summer is the perfect opportunity to increase the amount of time we spend together as a family!
But proximity and frequency are not the only two pieces to this formula. We need intimacy as well. Intimacy is fully knowing and fully loving someone at the same time. Summer naturally gives us more time together as a family. But it also gives us a chance to know our family more. I remember having this opportunity with my family growing up. Every summer we went to the beach and my dad and I would walk along the shore early in the mornings. We got to know each other better through those intimate conversations and they are some of my favorite memories. I can’t wait to create them for my kids too.
A PLAN FOR QUALITY FAMILY TIME
But none of this will happen for your family by accident. You have to have a strategy for putting this formula in place. You need a plan. This is why I wrote Create More Family Time Now: 4 Effective strategies to prioritize the people who matter most (You can sign-up to receive it FREE down below). This eBook is filled with tips and stories from our family’s attempt to put this formula into practice. It will help you develop a plan to be intentional this summer and even into the future. Here are some of the things you will find inside:
- 4 effective strategies that will help you create more quality family time
- Key takeaways at the end of each chapter that summarize the most important next steps to take
- A worksheet for the family to use in brainstorming new family time activities
- A Quality Family Time Promise that each family member can sign together
And yes…it’s FREE! If you are a current subscriber to our site, your copy is in your email inbox. If you’re not a subscriber, sign-up below to receive our latest posts and we’ll send you a copy as well.
Our family motto is, “We are Colemans…and we share.” It helps us teach generosity to our kids and to be others-focused. It also reminds us that the best life is a life shared with others. So whether you take a couple extra trips to the neighborhood pool or fit in a few more family meals, we pray this summer will be a great season of sharing life with your family.