CRRC Podcast 008: Why Your Kids Need You to Be a Green Light Person This Summer
Summer is on its way, so let’s talk about busting out of our routines and changing up some boundaries. Let’s get crazy real in episode 8 about things like summer vacation, how to be a green light person, and the simple fact that we’ve only go so much time left with our kids at home.
What’s in this episode of the Crazy Real, Real Crazy podcast, Amy?
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In today’s What the Kids Think segment, my oldest son (14) talks about the differences in the questions he is asked and the conversations he has about homeschooling with kids vs. adults. Interesting, to say the least.
(Have your own question you’d like to submit for What the Kids Think? Post it in the comments below or email me at [email protected])
In our main topic segment of today’s episode, I talk about becoming a “green light person” as we head into summer.
- a red light person will approach situations by coming up with excuses for why they shouldn’t take advantage of the opportunity in front of them.
- a green light person says let’s do this! Why not?
- a green light person doesn’t necessarily fill their schedule to completely full, they just step out of their routine to take advantage of opportunities.
- It’s very easy to get comfortable with routine and boundaries, but time is passing you by whether you’re sitting on the couch or standing on a mountain. What would you rather look back and remember?
But why does all of that matter, and what does it have to do with the upcoming summer?:
- oddly enough, the time seems to go faster as our kids get older—how many of you are just now realizing you only have so much time with your kids at home?
- as your kids get older, they will be busier with their own things—it gets more difficult to do things as a family. How many summers do you have left with your kids before their own lives get crazy?
- Ask your kids what they want to do this summer—you might be surprised at what you find.
- For some of you, being a green light person might not mean running and doing all the time, it might mean saying, “yeah, let’s stay home and camp out in the treehouse.”
Links mentioned in this episode:
The music theory book my kids are enjoying — Garage Band Theory
The podcast player I use (and you can find me there now!) — Player FM
That one podcast where I talk about how we need to learn to say no to things (so we have more opportunities to live a green light life!) — CRRC 005: Saying No—Why It’s Completely Awesome and Necessary
A quote from this episode you might want to write down:
“I don’t ever recall hearing a parent whose kids are grown say I wish we wouldn’t have done so much stuff with our kids when they were younger.”
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