5 Things Your Kids Should Improve This Summer

This summer is different than perhaps any other summer. The reasons behind the differences aren’t great. Many of the activities your children normally do during the summer have been cancelled or modified. Or maybe your kids will have the same summer they have every year.

Regardless, summer is a great time to focus on growth and improvement. This summer, we are encouraging young people in a pilot program to spend a little time each day trying to grow and/or improve in five different areas. We believe the same framework will work with your kids at home. Here are the five focus areas:

  • Soul. The activities in this area should help your kids learn about God and become the person He created them to be.
  • Mind. Mind activities revolve around learning new things and improving in academic areas where there are weaknesses.
  • Body. These activities should help your kids grow stronger and healthier.
  • Family. Family activities should involve spending quality time together or serving one another in some way. It’s about strengthening family bonds.
  • World. These activities should involve learning more about the world and its people. Hopefully, they will also involve developing empathy, serving others and learning how to share the Gospel message in effective ways.

Don’t let your kids spend all of their summer on a screen. Encourage them to spend a few minutes of that time each day working on each of the five areas. You may all be pleasantly surprised what happens by the end of the summer!

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Thereasa Winnett

Thereasa Winnett is the founder of Teach One Reach One and blogger at Parenting Like Hannah. She holds a BA in education from the College of William and Mary. She has served in all areas of ministry to children and teens for more than thirty years and regularly leads workshops for ministries and churches. She has conducted numerous workshops, including sessions at Points of Light’s National Conference on Volunteering and Service, the National Urban Ministry Conference, Pepperdine Bible Lectures, and Lipscomb’s Summer Celebration. Thereasa lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband Greg, where she enjoys reading, knitting, traveling and cooking.

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