Kids for the summer?
If you are a stay at home mom like me, you have your kids for the summer. We decided this year to keep my oldest home instead of sending her to summer camp to save some money. However, my 3-year-old is jealous that he does not have me all to himself all day now. They do not get along much to begin with, but now it’s worse. So, I came up with some scriptures to help me get through the summer with both at home.
A little backstory
With a five year age gap between my kids (my daughter is 8 and my son is 3), they don’t get along much. And they get bored very easily. But since we are saving money, our options are limited as we’re not taking a vacation or going on many outings this summer.
My daughter does not like water much so we can not go to the pool. My son is also hard to handle because he goes a mile a minute and does not stop. Tried playing board games, but my three-year-old doesn’t play well. I guess it’s the age?
I always wonder if other people have the same problems with there kids too.
So needless to say, we stay home a lot. What do we do? Play outside ….. well, we have yellow flies here in Alabama REALLY bad now. They bite and stop us from going out. Then the heat, and the horse flies…
Staying inside without having them on tablets and watching TV is hard to keep them busy. I made my oldest do a little school work to make sure she keeps what she learned during the year fresh. Then my son plays with his toys. Making tents and having dance parties is what we do. If you have any other suggestions please comment.
Surviving the Summer
Saying all this brings me to why I need to have scriptures to keep me in my right mind. Disciplining is not fun, but necessary. I try and do everything I do with love. I know they will not like me at that moment, but they will realize that I love them and what them to grow up and be respectful. Since I want to teach them also by example from me. Loving the Lord and reading His word. I know that I can not do this by myself. When I feel like giving up on those bad days I know God will help and lead me.
Scriptures to encourage you during the kids’ summer break
- No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:11
- Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6
- Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
- But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:33-34
- Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
- Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 1 Peter 5:2-3
- But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 2 Timothy 3:14-16
- Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
- Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 6:7
- Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4