Summer Questions, Revisited

Two years ago, I wrote a blog post and included the questions that we were sharing as a family to add intention to our summer. 2016 was a summer that felt like it had a lot of time and space in it.

This summer feels the absolute opposite and it seems all the more important that we each consider our questions. We have several big trips, a number of camps and classes, and the the summer will end with First Bird flying off to TX for college. Our days and minutes feel numbered.

Digging around my files in the cloud, I was thrilled (and a little self-impressed) to find the timeless quality in the questions.

We will set our intentions and habits, and wrap them and each other with grace. (Thank you @wellgrounded).

Here are our Summer Intention Questions (version 2018):

  • What kind of books do you want to read?
                         How many?
  • What kind of outings would you like to take? (Big and Small)
  • Who would you like to share time with?
  • Based on past experience and your imagination,                                                                             What are you likely to say “I wish I’d spent more time….” about?                                  What are you likely to say “I wish I’d spent less time…” about?
  • What in your bedroom/study space bugged you during the school year that we might be able to address now?
  • During the school year, what activities or questions did you need to set aside for when you had more time?
  • During the school year, what did you study that you wished you could spend more time learning?
  • What skills do you need to/want to practice?
  • What habits would you like to have established by the time school starts?
  • Is there a project you can start AND finish this summer?
  • In what way can you serve and/or bless your family this summer? Neighborhood? Others?
  • What five recipes would you like to master this summer that you will be able to make for the family during the school year? (1 appetizer/snack, 1 dessert, 3 reasonable meals)

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