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92 - Enrichment activities over Screen Time; part 1

Click here to read the full BLOG POST related to this podcast, containing links to All that was discussed in this week's podcast. Abby & Emma join me on the podcast to share some ideas that are better than screen time! Most of us parents want summer to be flexible and fun for our kids, yet we don’t want that to mean they have complete freedom for their brains to wither away in front of a screen all day. We need a SUMMER SUCCESS PLAN for our kids that is fun, memorable, a change of pace that won’t break the bank, and it would be a bonus if our kids actually developed in key areas of life at the same time! That all seems a bit too much to ask for one summer, especially with the limited time we parents have to monitor and coordinate a meaningful break.  So, what’s going to motivate us to make this SUMMER SUCCESS PLAN?  Well, let me ask you a question:How many summers do we get with our children?Oh dear, that question kind of makes me hold my breath for a moment.  Suddenly the realization of  having only 18 or less summers with our growing kids makes the summer days so much more valuable.  It’s time to be intentional. Yes, summer should be full of leisure, fun, and rejuvenation but what it should not be is wasted.  Don’t waste this precious time.  Summer can be relaxing and developmental all at the same time! But it will require a little brainstorming and planning to make it fit both of those aspects into the limited 8-10 weeks we’ve got.How about I do the brainstorming and planning for you?  Or, at least I'm going to share my list with you and you can pick and choose the activities you think would work well at your house AND maybe it will help you think of activities that are JUST RIGHT for YOUR FAMILY!Don’t worry, these activities are not all parent-centered activities.  After all, our kids need time alone just as much as we adults crave time alone.  This post is about making the most of your child’s summer days.I would encourage you to pick out which of the following activities must be completed each day by your child before he or she is free to get in front of a screen for leisure. The following list is pretty much my “we never have ENOUGH time to give this subject the quality emphasis it deserves during the school year” list, but we’ll just call it the “SUMMER SUCCESS ACTIVITIES for KIDS” list for short.crossseven.orgAdventures in OdysseyYWAM Publishing Audio BooksFocus on the Family Radio TheaterLamplighters TheaterWhat's Coming:Next week's podcast & blog will be part 2 of our Summer Success Activities Theme!

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Do you long to be a more intentional mom but you feel overwhelmed or weary or just don't have a clear path to the next step toward a successful family life? The Practically Speaking MOM, Val Harrison, is here to bring some order to the chaos and some focus to the confusion. You don’t have to be the perfect mom to have a strong family, you need a plan! Join author, speaker, mother of seven, and grandma of two, as she shares wisdom and encouragement about the six areas of an intentional mom's life. You'll learn from her years of experience, successes, mistakes and redemption. Val and her husband Rich, married 28 years, have three married children, two more in college, and two in her homeschool. This podcast covers all stages of parenting, from babies to toddlers to teens and beyond. Val wants to encourage you to not become weary in your work as an intentional mom, "Even with all its unique personalities, imperfections and scars; your family is God's masterpiece. Your efforts matter in this worthy journey of motherhood." Galations 6:9 says, "Do not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time you'll reap a harvest if you do not give up." Let's walk this marathon journey of motherhood TOGETHER, right here, every Monday on the Practically Speaking MOM podcast, the place for an intentional mom to build a strong family.