The Dog Days of Summer

By: - June 18, 2012

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Summer is in full swing and it seems like déjà vu all over again.

I’ve written in the past about the challenges that summer presents for me as a mom. In listening to many of my friends, it sounds like I am not alone.

Take this morning for example. It was a regular summer morning, preceded by a regular summer evening. Nothing special or out of the ordinary, but within five minutes (literally, five minutes) of the kids being awake there was tension, sniping, arguing, and drama. It left me wondering how I will ever survive the next 13 hours of this day, much less the next 63 days of summer. SIXTY-THREE days!

In the midst of these dog days of summer it can become all too easy for me to turn my attention to merely surviving as I play the roles of referee, shuttle service driver, short order cook, waitress, maid, and mom, seemingly all at the same time. But it is precisely this mindset that will serve to guarantee that the kids and I will do little more than survive this summer.

Instead, as hard as it is some days, I have to remind myself that summer should be – and CAN be – a time of connection and even joy for me and the kids. But of course that must start with me. Solar festoon lights are a really economonical and sustainable way to light your garden during the summer evenings.

So today is a new day and the first day of the rest of our summer together – one that I hope and pray will be marked by laughter, fun, and a deeper connection.

To help remind us of this, watch as Dr. Karyn Purvis talks about the importance of keeping connection as your goal, even when facing challenging behaviors.

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