Summer Creed for Parents

Hey there! I’m still in a summer preparation mode and I don’t know about you, but while I love summer tremendously, I do have to change my mode of thinking a bit. I need to relax, take a deep breath, and realize that the somewhat organized, halfway orderly house I enjoy keeping will be in disarray much of the time, due to the number of bodies living there. 🙂

So I decided to make a Summer Creed for Parents; well, for me. Shhh, don’t tell my kids. 🙂 They might hold me to it and then you never know what could happen. But, seriously, I want to be focused on what is truly important.

summer parenting creed

A creed is more about stating what you already believe than it is about what you want to become. Therefore, I present to you the Summer Creed for Parents:

I believe that summers are designed for fun in the sun.
That spotless floors are only a temporary blessing.
That full refrigerators should be emptied well.

I believe that those well loved will laugh contagiously.
That happy loud voices are ok in open spaces…
and small spaces on occasion.

I believe that swimming is meant to be often.
That popsicles are best when dripped lavishly.
That cotton candy at the ball park is the reason we go.

I believe that the best conversations with my children
Often occur around bonfires
And roasted marshmallows taste best when you have to blow them out first.

(Not really, but someone has to eat the burnt ones.)

I believe that there are times when dirt must be ignored
Because the opportunity of making memories often includes
making messes.

I believe that while summers should contain a certain amount of laziness
Our devotion to God and His Word should not.
And thankfully, God never takes vacations.

Maybe you don’t agree with my creed point by point. Can I simply encourage you to make your own, thereby setting your sight on what truly matters this summer? You’ll be so glad you did.

ENJOY this FREE printable of the above Summer Creed!

What would your summer parenting creed include? Do share!

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14 Comments

  1. Rachel, Your Summer Creed is Awesome! I am inspired to now write my own, probably stealing some of your beliefs and a few listed by others, but more importantly, I learned that, “A creed is more about stating what you already believe than it is about what you want to become.” Thank you for that.

    1. Bless you Donna! Sometimes I think we know what we believe and we just don’t set our minds to following through what it looks like to live it out. As we all know- huge difference between the talk and the walk.

  2. Love it Rachel and love you sister! The creed makes me smile. 🙂
    ~Blessings out, Amy

  3. This is a great creed and I agree – summer’s can be so busy and full but should be full of fun, laughter… Wonderful 🙂

  4. Amanda Blazer says:

    I really like this idea 😉 I’ll definitely have to come up with one of my own!

  5. Love the summer creed! As a pastor’s wife, I love the more laid-back schedule of our summers! Last summer we moved. This summer we plan to take it easy as much as possible and enjoy lots of family fun!
    By the way, I am having trouble getting the link-up button to work. Have others had problems?

    1. Thanks Jen! and sorry about the crazy button. If the code doesn’t work, you can always right click it and save as image. Then upload it in your post. I had trouble with it off and on last week. When I test it, it’s fine and then someone else has a glitch. So sorry! You are more than welcome to link up even if it doesn’t work for you. And thanks for letting me know!

  6. I love your creed, Rachel! It makes me think. I believe summers are for family time, whatever shape that takes. (And I guard ours zealously.)

  7. Hi Rachel! Just an FYI that you accidentally posted yesterday’s reading for today 🙂 As far as my Summer creed? I believe Summer is endless trips to the beach, although later rather then early as I also believe Summer is for sleeping in 🙂 I believe Summer is for sitting out front & actually talking to your neighbors while actually watching your kids play & even interacting with them! Oh I can’t wait for Summer! Blessings 🙂

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