Spring is a Season
As the spring season awakens nature from its winter sleep, the warmer weather brings more than April showers and May flowers. Spring is also a time for renewal in many areas of our family life. With the school year almost over, graduations, and typically a few weddings, we are reminded of the promises of the future in the spring season. Use these conversation starters to encourage your children to dream of their future and to understand that life also has seasons.
What do you like most about spring?
Ask your children to share what they are looking forward to in this season, encourage them to dream. Share with them how spring is a time for new growth in nature and also a time for new ideas. Share some of your new ideas and dreams. Keep this conversation going by planning a time to spend together outdoors in the near future to witness new beginnings together.
How does the spring season in nature remind you of times or seasons in your life?
This question seems a little deep. But, if you have children close to their teen years they will welcome a philosophical discussion. They may even enjoy the fact that you are acknowledging their readiness for more adult conversation. Remember, you are not raising children; but competent adults and the sooner they can engage in mature communication the better equipped they will become for the real world.
What are some things you would like for us to do outside as a family?
Many parents are looking for ways to engage with their children and teenagers. Initiating a plan where you allow them to suggest activities they can enjoy with you is a great way to show them they matter and that you care about the same things they care about. Spring is a great time to recommit to family time. There are many ways to spend time outside and be active with your family this spring. Consider local sporting events or even local community outreach like Habitat for Humanity or fun runs for charity.
Children have a desire to feel significant. When you engage them in the decision making process of your family you are encouraging them and making them feel important. There will be seasons of life where they will need the childhood memories of fun spring activities to help them look forward to better times knowing that seasons change.