Cultivate a Good Life
151: Cultivating a Great Summer Mindset
Summer is here! And with this glorious time of year can also come the pressure to plan the most perfect summer ever. We are here to tell you that perfect is not the goal. Being intentional about the type of summer that is right for your individual family is so much more important than trying to make what you perceive “everyone else is doing” fit into your life. In this episode Becky P. walks us through some very specific questions to answer as you decide what you want this summer to look like. Whether you decide on a lot of structure, being easy and carefree, or something in between, you will be able to make the decision with the confidence that you are choosing the vibe you and your family need this summer.
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JOURNALING EXERCISE // 5 questions to ask:
1 - What has changed in your family and in your life since last summer?
2 - What is your most scarce resource?
3 - What do you think your family needs right now?
4 - How do I want the summer to feel in my home?
5 - What are our biggest rocks? What are our highest priorities?
Using your answers to the questions above as your guide, think through the following categories as you cultivate the mindset you want for this summer:
STRUCTURE // Screen Time: How much time do I want my kids on screens? What are the parameters for when that is okay? What does screen time include (phones, tablets, TV, video games, etc.) // Summer Jobs // Chores // Standing Activities – pool, movies, park, etc.
VACATIONS // Do you want to take a vacation? Do you want to include your kids in
that conversation or have the parents decide?
ACTIVITIES // Not everything has to be meaningful. Let them be bored
[CAMP MOM](https://fridaywereinlove.com/summer-camp-ideas-at-home/) from Camille Whiting. Check out her other blog posts at
[fridaywereinlove.com](https://fridaywereinlove.com/) for tons of additional free summer printables!
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[BECKY P.’S SUMMER SURVIVAL AMAZON LIST](https://www.amazon.com/shop/beckyproudfit). Fun things to keep everyone sane this
Keep an eye out for an exercise to help kids figure out what they like – coming soon to
[ashleyrosereeves.com/blog](https://ashleyrosereeves.com/blog/). For more of our conversation with Ashley Reeves listen to
[Episode 40: Summer Bucket List for MOM!](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/040-summer-bucket-list-for-mom-with-ashley-reeves/id1438937435?i=1000442050922)
The book mentioned by Becky P. about video game times is “Boys Adrift” by Leonard
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