Parenting News You Can Use! May 28, 2013

Parenting News You Can Use!
May 28, 2013
Volume 7, Issue 17
Publisher: INCAF
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IN THIS ISSUE:
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Welcome!
1. Create a Summer Bucket List
2. Play Day at the Mall
3. A Summer with Service
4. Creating Memories Through Vacation Traditions

Welcome!
Summer is a special time of year which can pass by very quickly. To set you up for success, this issue of Parenting News is devoted to summer adventure. From making your bucket list, to escaping the heat with a play day at the mall, to creating wonderful memories through vacation traditions, summer can be an incredibly rewarding time for your family. As Wes Hopper suggests, also include service to others and feel the joy!

Enjoy and read on!

1. Create a Summer Bucket List
You can begin right now – as can every member of your family – to create a summer bucket list. List places you want to visit, experiences you would like to have, and things you would like to learn. See how many items your family members can overlap on your lists. Read more here.

2. Play Day at the Mall
Karen Deerwester – an educator, coach and author whose lifelong mission is to understand and celebrate “life with kids” – writes, “Malls are interesting places for young children who love an adventure, and for parents who want to create a little magical distraction to beat the summer heat or rain. These mall games teach your child observation and problem solving skills as well as countless practical and academic skills.” Read Karen’s terrific suggestions here.

3. A Summer with Service
By Wes Hopper

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” [Rabindranath Tagore]

In a previous message I talked about the importance of doing meaningful work to be happy. Our quote today expands on that idea, by suggesting that service, whether work or gift, is joy.

A few months ago I met a woman that volunteers with a group that provides meals and transport for poor and elderly folks who are home bound. She lit up with joy as she talked about some of her “clients” that she helped. She knew that she was making a difference in the world. It gave her life purpose and meaning.

Last summer my wife and I spent a Saturday out on a hot hillside digging out trash from an old dump site. The area was now a park and we were with a cleanup group. We were very proud of the giant pile of tires and old bed springs that got hauled away.

Why is it that ordinary people get such joy out of unremarkable acts of service that they do for free? I think it’s because, as Tagore points out in our quote, that’s the way we’re wired to experience unselfish acts that make a difference! It’s in our spiritual DNA. If you want to really feel good, do something for someone who can’t pay you back. Make a contribution to your community, not with money but with your time and labor.

The Universe will pay you back, in joy. Richly!

4. Creating Memories Through Vacation Traditions
Traditions are a kind of glue in families. Having traditions for your summer vacations can create excitement, enjoyment, and a wonderful level of comfort. Here are ideas on creating summer memories through vacation traditions.