As summer begins to make way for the fall a whole host of challenges open up for many families. Preparing for school and all of the activities associated with sports and other special opportunities present all kinds of scheduling challenges.
During the month of August many families squeeze in their vacations and special activities and events before the rigors of the new school year’s demands begin. As the end of summer breaks approach there are a few things to keep in mind that might be helpful.
- Quantity versus Quality – Family quality time often happens spontaneously and unexpectedly. So, quantity time makes quality time more likely to occur any time, not just during summer vacations.
- Communication Is Critical – It is impossible to not communicate. Therefore, it is important to be consciously intentional of what we are communicating to increase the likelihood that people are hearing the messages we are wanting to send. This is especially true as family members work to navigate through times of transition.
- Golden Rule Rules – Treating family members as we wish to be treated will go a long way towards fostering considerate behaviors. Power moves such as raised voices, belittling comments and other forms of intimidation may bring immediate compliance; but, the long-term consequences are often less desirable.
- Loving Listening – In all of the hustle-bustle at this time of year a listening ear can go a long way towards helping family members work through their own difficulties on their own. Just listening to ourselves out loud can help strengthen our reasoning abilities and self-governing behaviors that will internalize over time. In an age of instant messaging and electronic noise, we all need a good listener who will take the needed time to actively hear what we are trying to say.
These simple guidelines may help make this hectic time of year less trying as everyone works together to make the new school year the best ever.