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The ultimate guide to enjoying a fabulous summer as a family


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Cerith Gardiner - published on 06/27/21

Here's how to make the most of those long summer days together.
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Summer has arrived and you may be looking forward to a vacation, or days relaxing at home with the kids — well, as much as you can with all the cooking, cleaning and entertaining that still needs to be done!

To make sure you have the most wonderful summer possible, take a look at this selection of articles that can help you make the most of these season — whether you’re on vacation, sticking close to home, or trying to make the days tolerable for everyone while you work!

Keep teens busy

Parents often feel guilty that their older children are not making the most of their vacations. With this series of challenges they’ll be kept busy in a fruitful manner that will keep everyone content.

9 Things to challenge your teen to accomplish this summer

Be thoughtful

Sometimes we can be a little anxious if our kids aren’t being considerate with others, especially our neighbors who might have to put up with endless yard noise. So take a look at these essential manners to instill in your kids so everybody can make the most of summertime.

10 Summertime manners to teach your kids so everyone can relax

Travel well

If you’re going away on a long journey, take these tips into account. They won’t just help you to keep your sanity, they’ll also keep you safe.

10 Tips for surviving long car journeys with kids

Adopt a continental touch

If you’re not able to travel, especially abroad, allow yourself to be influenced by our Gallic friends. The French really know how to make the most of the summer months so resolve to adopt some of their habits!

5 Ways to enjoy summer like a Parisian

Have family fun!

Look to your European neighbors for some fun-filled activities. These slightly crazy sports will have you laughing while you all keep fit.

10 Fun family activities inspired by some crazy traditional European “sports”

Indulge in a little summer cheer

If you’re entertaining and want to offer beverages that go back to Roman times, look to these sangria recipes full of the taste of summer. (Just make sure you don’t go swimming if you’ve been drinking.)

4 Fresh ways to make summer sangria (VIDEO)

Keep safe and cool

If you need to wear a mask in hotter temperatures, look to this guide on how to keep as cool as possible while protecting yourself and others.

11 Important tips for wearing a mask in hot temperatures

Go to church

While you may already be a church regular, here’s another reason to go more often. The French government actually encouraged people to visit churches in rising temperatures as they are one of the coolest places to be. (Although we’ve always known that!)

According to the French government, church is literally cool

Stay spiritually healthy

While you may be enjoying some much-needed summer fun, don’t forget to nourish your spiritual health this summer. Keep Scripture close to your heart with these pertinent, short quotes.

8 Scripture quotes to take with you on vacation

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