Summer Structure

Most parents know that structure is a key piece in helping our kids manage daily tasks.  Summer is a great time to review family rules.  What rules will change over the summer?  Will there be new bedtimes, a change in chores, or curfew extensions?  Reviewing these carefully rather than assuming that kids will remember from last year helps bring the whole family up-to-speed and ensures that you're on the same page.

When kids have clear expectations is can help them prepare and take the wonder out of "what's next".  This sometimes minimizes anxiety and misunderstandings.  Wonder though is one of the joys in life so over-structuring tends to take the fun out of things.  Finding a balance for your family is key.

This summer be sure to balance your days between the fun and spontaneous and the simply structured days.  When you do, you can better organize the busy days while keeping pockets of wonder where you can make special memories together that are completely un-planned.

From me and my family to yours, have a wonderful, safe, and fun summer. 

Love Always Protects


Jeff Veley

Jeff Veley is youth speaker, bullying expert, and social skills educator.

His mission is to equip students with the social and emotional skills that empower them to face adversity, grow in resilience, and solve their own social problems by exercising the Golden Rule.

To date, Jeff's message has reached over one million people.  Jeff and his program have been recognized by the Interfaith Peace-Building Initiative of the United Nations and are a recipient of the Golden Rule International Award for effectiveness in teaching conflict resolution.  The United Nations officially recognizes Jeff as a Goodwill Peace Ambassador in over 120 nations of the world.