For some of us summer started weeks ago, while others are anxiously awaiting the start of their summer break. It’s an exciting time for children and sometimes a challenging time for parents. How do you spend your summers? Is this time of the year any different? What do you recall about your summers as a child? It’s a great time to refresh, rejuvenate, and reflect on the first half of the year, while planning for the remainder of the year. This is a time to be with family, be outdoors, and catch up on projects and people. Summer is a great time to take a family trip and build memories. The vacation doesn’t need to be extravagant; instead focus on the time alone with spouse and children that is limited during the school year. At our house as we near the summer we create a “summer box” with everyone in the family contributing ideas of activities for the summer. As the summer begins, we open the summer box and read all of the entries. Then, as the summer progresses, we attempt to experience as many of the activities as possible. Not only does it get the kids excited, but it also gives them some input and responsibility for creating fun over their summer. Don’t let the craziness of life interfere with the special opportunities that a summer can afford us. Make this summer one to remember through planning, communication, and focusing on connection. Summer madness can lead to summer adventure if YOU make it happen.