Want Your Kids to Grow this Summer?

It’s half-way through summer, which means kids and moms are fretting. Kids because the summer is ALREADY half done and moms because it’s ONLY half done.

If you’re looking for an idea to jumpstart your kids for the rest of the summer, try this, which we’re doing in our home. We’re calling it Summer Son and it’s based on Luke 2:52:

“And Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man.”

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Summer Son challenges you to accomplish four feats every week related to the four areas that Jesus grew in: wisdom, stature, God, and man.

Hey, if the Son of God grew in these areas, shouldn’t our children? In our home, we have kids 11, 7, and 4, so we’re keeping it simple. We’ve defined:

  • Wisdom as gaining and using knowledge.
  • Stature as improving physical health.
  • Favor with God as growing in relationship with God.
  • Favor with man as serving others.

At the beginning of the week, our kids (with help from us) decide what they’re going to do for each of these areas for the week. They write it down on the first line on their Summer Son form. They keep the form accessible to remind them. When they complete the feat, they write it on the second line.

At the end of the week, we review their forms together. Their accomplishments may end up being different than they planned, which is okay. The point is to do something.

Hopefully this teaches them that growth is intentional, and over time they take initiative in their own progress. If they do, we may begin to see in them the Son.

Download our simple Summer Son form to get started.

Chris believes we're all looking for purpose and joy at work. He's the Vice President of Human Resources for EnergyCAP, Inc., where he helps employees to succeed. He's also a Certified Professional Life Coach and a Certified Gallup Strengths Coach. He loves to coach people, write, and speak around the topics of engagement, coaching, strengths, and growth. He blogs often at ChrisHeinz.com.

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3 thoughts on “Want Your Kids to Grow this Summer?

  1. Awesome information, Chris! I had wonderful intentions at the beginning of the summer, but they have fallen by the wayside. This is an excellent idea to get back on track!

  2. Good plan, Chris. Think this plan is consistent with the Proverb “Train up a child in the way he will go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Also reflects the Scripture “Without a vision, the people perish.” Think that goes for children as well as adults. Giving kids some simple goals weekly that they can accomplish builds their vision, character and confidence – valuable lifelong attributes.