In response to a readers question, last week we discussed our children’s “Love Tanks” and how we should be working to fill them up. Recognizing that children are people too! This week my husband Jeff and I decided to go on a spontaneous family vacation (over the weekend) to rest, relax, and embrace some much needed family time. While we were on our “vacation” we received some very bad news that one of our dear friends was in an accident and had passed away. She was one of our children’s coaches and best friend. It was hard news to hear and to deliver, especially on “vacation”. In hindsight, it was good that we were on vacation and able to be relaxed when we heard the news. We were able to grieve and really think clearly in a time of trial. How often are we so “maxed out and stressed out” that we can’t emotionally handle “the facts of life… and death”.

“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 AMP

Teaching your children from a young age to “work hard, play hard” is a very important facet of parenting. There needs to be a balance between fun and work, social time and quiet time and of course “stimulation” (computers/video games/phones) and non-stimulation time. In our family, we have always sought to begin our children with responsibilities as young as possible. Putting the dishes away, making their beds, etc. Some people are amazed when they see our 15 and 13 year old sons taking our little ones to the store or for a walk downtown, but to them this is not out of the ordinary. Children crave to contribute, and in this sense they are proud that they can help us.

Everyone needs time to “relax” a change of scenery and a time to “shut out” the world. Vacations don’t have to take days and days, and they don’t have to be expensive. For our vacation we went over the weekend to a hotel with a pool. Those were the only requirements. All that was expected was #1 eating, and #2 swimming. No theme parks, no electronics, just the sun and fun. It just so happened to be the first weekend of summer too! Pretty cool!

This week on The Word Works! Our video-blog, I took the camera with us on “vacation” and recorded the kids answers to some important questions like; “What does it mean to be a ‘Christian'” and “What makes you ‘happy’?” I hope you enjoy watching the 5 minute video and hearing what these wonderful children have to say! “The Road Trip Episode” The Word Works! Ep. 3 S. 2 


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