It goes without saying that the words “summer” and “fun” go together like peas in a pod. Families look to the summer season to unwind and enjoy a more relaxed pace. This can take on many forms spanning the spectrum from structured events to unscheduled, unpredictable lazy time around the house.
As a parent, you usually are trying to strike a balance along this spectrum. It is great to look forward to a particular event that is well-planned with lots of activities. It is also great just to, well, chill.
Somewhere in there, it is wise to insert those opportunities wherein faith and fun can be combined. As you have likely heard it said, the family that prays together stays together. To put another spin on this, the family that builds their faith together, grows together.
So how might you approach this? Let us offer some tips:
- The Question Box: craft faith-based questions that require explanation and discussion
- Finding Faith in the Family Tree: look into your family tree and contact family member to find out about their faith journey (live too far away to meet personally, how about Zoom??)
- Read the bible with your kids: a granddad does this with his grandsons whenever they are over at his house; he has taken notice that their vocabulary has deepened
The key is this: having fun over the summer is wonderful. Don’t miss the opportunity, however, to use this fun-environment to insert those activities that will build and shore up the spiritual foundation for your children. This will pay great dividends as they get older and will need to rely on that foundation to navigate a chaotic world.
NOTE: The source for this post comes from the following: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/fun-family-faith-activities-summer-2022/