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8 Ways to Put Family First This Summer

As you know, summer can be busy. Sometimes it is hard to get everything done, be with the kids, go on vacations, stay active, and still keep your sanity. I was flying on an airplane a few weeks ago and the man next to me loved to talk. He talked about his job and how it was like a funnel. The more I thought about it more I came to the conclusion that our lives were like funnels. Let me explain.

As we go about our day-to-day activities we have choices. The most important choice we make every day is how we spend our time. We live in a fast-paced world where we are trying to get as many things done as we possibly can. Because we try to pack so many things into our lives, the things that actually get accomplished aren't always the most important. So this summer, I challenge you to try and put family first a little more often. Here are some of my tips of what I do to keep our family bond strong.

Teamwork Beads

Every summer we have a rewards jar. This year we are filling our jar with Teamwork Beads. Every day we work together as a family and do a chore such as pull weeds, put dishes away, fold the laundry, or vacuum. If they complete the task (without complaining), they can earn a bead. Once they earn 20 beads they can trade it in for a family activity. We let them pick from a variety of activities such as swimming, bowling, camping, hiking, or even going out for ice cream.

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