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Want Your Kids to Grow this Summer?

Jul 10, 2014 11:04:39 AM / by Chris Heinz

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."


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 Heinz

Written by Chris Heinz

Chris Heinz is the Founder of Munyay, which creates coaching tools to help you love your life and work. He's also the Vice President of Human Resources for EnergyCAP, Inc., where he increased corporate engagement scores by 52%. Chris holds professional coaching certifications from Gallup and the International Coach Federation, and is a Learning Partner with Penn State. He enjoys coaching people, writing, and speaking on the topics of engagement, coaching, and strengths. Chris' writing has been featured as "Best of the Week" by "Human Resources Today." He’s the author of the “Made To Pray” book and prayer assessment, which helps people find their prayer strengths. Chris lives with his wife and three children in central Pennsylvania, where they play at their cabin-on-a-creek.