Train up a child in the way he should go [and in keeping with his individual gift or bent], and when he is old he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6 (Amplified Bible)
With summer upon us most kids are out of school and out of a daily routine. It is typically exciting for them to not be under the constraints of rigid school guidelines. Scripture shows that rest from the mundane routine is great, even God rested on the Sabbath. With that being said, we can see that even God also had a daily routine the remainder of the week. He subjected himself to self imposed boundaries before He allowed Himself the day of rest.
Rarely will you find a kid who is so self-disciplined that they don’t need a parent to set healthy guidelines. After all, that is why God gave kids parents instead of leaving kids as orphans to fend for themselves. Just as all other human who bear a sin nature, kids have a bent toward doing only what will gratify the flesh. They are in desperate need for parents to be proactive in creating boundaries and guidelines.
If a parent is not proactive in setting guidelines then they become a reactive participant. In this way they allow the kids free reign over their time and choices and don’t enforce boundaries until the kids makes a poor choice. This results in the parents having to say don’t do this or that on a repetitive basis. This method basically sets kids up for failure and takes more energy and effort on the part of the parents.
Lord, I thank You that our kids are able to have a break from school. Please help us as parents to make their summer break a joyful experience but not to the detriment of breaching the healthy boundaries and guidelines that they so desperately need. Give us wisdom, knowledge and understanding in order to keep them hemmed in and prepped for success.