Summer “break” is almost here, at least it is a break for most children. School is out, or almost out for most children. Public schools are coming to an end within the next week. Some of those children will need to attend a summer school, most will not.
Those who homeschool have no set time to stop school. Some continue schooling throughout the summer, others take a short break or stop the entire summer.
Although most children are looking forward to the summer break, many adults do not see it as anything different. Unless you work a school type job, you still have to work throughout the summer. The only thing that really changes is that you have your children more at home.
Many people will attempt to take a vacation during the summer when the whole family can be a part of it. Most people love the idea of taking a vacation, though many have trouble affording it. Often the way vacation is taken is on a credit card, then they take the next year to attempt to pay it off, or they make the minimum payments and pay the high interest.
Taking a vacation does not have to be a trip to Disney Land or some exotic island in the Bahamas. It can be something that is a little different and local. Depending on the age of your children, and how many you have, will determine what you can do for a vacation.
If your children are little, instead of traveling cross-country, go to a nearby city with a children’s museum, or bring them a few times to different city parks to play outside together. What little children want the most is time together with their parents. Trips to the park or beach can be just the thing, without breaking the bank account.
When your children are older, find out from them lower cost things that they would like to go see. They may like to go on a hike together, or go to a museum. Many like to go to the larger theme parks. Instead of going for three days, maybe just make a day trip with it.
One important thing for summer break is to enjoy the time together as a family in whatever you do. Another important thing is to keep it within your actual affordable budget. Do not go into debt for it. Then remember to relax during the break. Don’t try to pack in too much.
Finally, keep God in the center of everything you do. Seek God as to how He wants you to relax and take a summer break or vacation. While traveling take time to worship God for the beauty of the world He created.
Enjoy your summer break!