When I was a kid, summer seemed eternal. Three months off school was more than I could wrap my brain around. My June, July, and August in 1960’s Cincinnati wasn’t exactly packed with structure. There was little league, maybe a week’s vacation, and some playing outside. There was also sleeping ’til noon, hours of staring at the TV from the couch, and potato chip crumbs on my stomach. It was the endless summer.
These days, summer is a blink. You just about get the sand out of your shoes and it’s time for back-to-school shopping. So making the most of those 90 days now takes on a whole new importance. In fact, we may even “over-plan.”
But that’s the way of it when you get a few dozen summers under your belt. There’s something about getting older that brings a new perspective. We want to make the most of our time. It just goes so fast. Especially when you have kids. After all, we only have them a few years.
So while we don’t want to endanger our kids with summer brain drain, let’s at least take the last couple weeks of summer to pause and appreciate the time we have with our families. Let’s relax and let our kids be kids!
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