I brought back a popular post from a few years ago to share with you. I am away at the International Young Living Convention in Salt Lake City and honestly, I had all good intentions about writing a blog post for you all – but it didn’t happen. I am sorry. There is so much learning going on for me, about new oil blends released and amazing new products that I am trying soak in every single minute of learning so I can share more ‘oily news‘ that I know will bless your family. So I pray for grace and for the new readers you will see this as new information and for my lovely treasured blog followers, let this be a gentle reminder for you. :-) Here are my four F’s of parenting for a summer full of fun and less frustration, and yes, they are good all during the year too! Be Firm Clearly state expectations and consequences and adhere to them when your child acts inappropriately. It can be easy to allow behavior to escalate or get out of control in the summer when you do not clearly state expectations and also remain consistent. We tend to slack off a bit when things are more relaxed, but we all know the end result – not necessarily good. Make sure you keep consistent and your kids will have a much better idea of how much they can trust what you say and if you mean it. Fair Consequences should fit the crime. Have a few consequences that are in your back pocket so that you can easily respond to situations rather than allowing things to slide by. In the case of recurring behavior, consequences should be stated in advance so the child knows what to expect and your consistent follow through is key to your child making better choices. Fun Even though summer can often lead to more work for us moms, find your own groove to create a routine that will allow you to be the “fun mom” and enjoy making those great memories instead of always being stressed over wet kids running through the house or eating s’mores for dinner! Flexible Learn to go with the flow – you will provide a great example to your children when they see things not going as planned and you are willing to quickly change gears. If you have an outside activity planned and you wake up to rain, make sure you have a back up plan you can quickly engage without a lot of drama! Summer is a time to enjoy a change of pace from the school year. It’s an opportunity to focus on different interests or activities that you don’t have as much time for during the rest of the year.