While you can find many posts with great ideas for summer fun as a family, I’d like to suggest something to add to your daily routine which I believe is the secret sauce for summer success — daily character training!
Why do I say that? Because a lack of character in your children can lead to frustration and discouragement, as well as a lack of joy in the home.
If your children haven’t learned the character trait of obedience, no matter how great your plans are for summer fun, it’s not going to be fun. They won’t listen and do what they are supposed to do, and the daily battles of the will wear you down quickly.
The most important task of parents is to prepare their children for life, and the best way to prepare them for life is to teach, model, and promote the development of godly character. Character training is the most important activity for a parent to be engaged in. If a child is taught nothing else save character alone, he will be better prepared for life than those who are taught pure academics but no character.
Even though we know that character training is important, often parents feel that they don’t have time to fit it into their already busy days. However, it is something that we need to make time for and make one of our top priorities. (Not only in the summer but all year round.
God’s Word tells us that first we should build our children’s faith, then their character (virtue), and then add the knowledge or academics. (II Peter 1:5)
Character training doesn’t have to be a difficult task, or one that takes a long time.
Be sure to also download this ebook for practical character training tips for different ages and stages. (170 pages of helpful ideas!)