There are a lot of lists out there telling me things I need to do with my kids before summer ends.
- Go to the library.
- Take them fishing.
- Go to a park.
- Play with bubbles.
- Run through a sprinkler.
- Create a homemade slip and slide.
- Use sidewalk chalk.
- Eat popsicles.
These lists can be helpful, but you know what?
Sometimes, I don’t think we read them and get excited about the activities on them. Sometimes instead, we read them and feel bad about ourselves.
I’m tired. My guess is, you are too.
I’m tired of feeling like I can never measure up. I’m tired of seeing lists like these that make me feel like I’m not good enough or not doing enough.
(And don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with these lists in and of themselves. I’ve probably even written a few of them! But lately, I’ve realized that these lists don’t make me excited anymore. Instead, they just make me feel more tired.)
Because the truth is, we don’t need more activities. Neither do most of our kids.
My kids are plenty busy, and I bet yours are too.
What they might need, though, is rest.
The One Thing You Need to Do This Summer With Your Kids
In this fast world that never seems to slow down, one of the best things I can do for my kids is teach them to slow down and rest.
I probably don’t need to add another camp to our calendar or another day of running around from one activity to another. I don’t need to make a checklist of fun activities to do with my kids throughout the summer. I don’t need to fill our time with crafts or educational activities.
The one thing I do need to do this summer is rest with them.
When Jesus walked on this earth, the Bible tells us over and over again that he rested. Goodness, if he needed it….he, who was with God in the beginning and is over all…then we certainly need to rest too.
So today, if you like the lists, then by all means, make them. Enjoy them. Have a ball checking off each activity as you complete it with your kids.
But please add rest to that list somewhere too.
And if you’re like me and feel tired by all of the posts about things you have to do with your kids, then make a new list….a list that only has one word on it: REST.
Because there is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a break and resting.
What do you think? Do you struggle to rest? Why or why not?