Spend or Invest This Summer?

Is it me or does it feel like the school year just started? How could we possibly be so close to summer break? 

In America, summer fun has become a sort of national birthright. But the big question for parents is how to maximize the time without sacrificing the joy. The summer is a 12-week investment opportunity. We are all given the same amount of time, but the question is will we spend it or invest it?

So let’s start with the end result in mind and decide what we want to get out of the summer. Lasting memories? New skills? A new hobby? A small business? If we plan ahead and do some research, the summer can launch our kids into a powerful new year come fall.

Then, let’s turn off the TV, iPods, computers and video games, and encourage our kids to set some goals.

Check back tomorrow. We’re going to talk about summer activities that will boost academics.

We’ll be off on Sunday, but come back Monday evening for ideas on finding and pursuing passion this summer.

And on Tuesday evening, we’ll finish off this little series with ideas for building life skills during the summer months.

In the meantime, what are your kids doing this summer?

Jenni and Jody

Jenni and Jody

Jenni and Jody are Christian, homeschooling moms with ten kids between them (ages 5 to 29), including one on the autism spectrum, plus one baby grandchild. Together they host a weekly syndicated parenting radio show, write a weekly newspaper column, freelance for a variety of publications, teach parenting and homeschooling workshops and seminars, speak at conventions and conferences and coach individual families. They are passionate about encouraging and equipping families to Parent On Purpose (POP) with the end result in mind.

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Jenni and Jody are Christian, homeschooling moms with ten kids between them (ages 5 to 29), including one on the autism spectrum, plus one baby grandchild. Together they host a weekly syndicated parenting radio show, write a weekly newspaper column, freelance for a variety of publications, teach parenting and homeschooling workshops and seminars, speak at conventions and conferences and coach individual families. They are passionate about encouraging and equipping families to Parent On Purpose (POP) with the end result in mind.

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