JUNE 2014

FEATURES


Summertime and Screen Time

Resources for Making Wise Media Choices



Dear Friends,

I was driving to work earlier this week and heard a radio station talk about what it would be like for adults to have cupcakes and end-of-year parties and a summer break from work. Their point was how fun that would be and how we simply do not have such a schedule. For those of us with children in school, we have officially entered the time of summer vacation. Some parents face this time period with excitement, others with fear or dread. Childcare, camps, swim meets, and financial demands can all place stress on parents.

If you are like many, it is all too easy to think of spending more time with family, only to have work and the tyranny of the urgent continue to demand your time. As you look at this summer, let me encourage you to set time aside now to have a few meaningful ‘dates’ with your children. While most parents are busy working at home or in the office while summer break has begun for children, it is a time that is ripe for intentional time together. Look for a day you can break away from your normal routine and spend it with another family member (even if you do not have children in school).

I hope that your summer is rest-filled and life-giving. Most of all, I hope that it will be a time of renewing and deepening relationships with your family.

Blessings to you!

Heath Greene

 Summertime and Screen Time

Summertime for kids means time outside, sunshine, sleeping late, and lots of requests for screen time. More movies, more video games, more computer time, more texting. All this can add up to less connection in our families.

“Social media is a part of our world today, but without boundaries it can create a real disconnect in our families,” says Teresa Tindall, a counselor at Associates.

“Summer is a wonderful time to relax,” she says, “but the one thing you don’t want to relax on is boundaries with kids.” READ MORE

 


Words to Keep

“Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other.”
Ann Landers

“And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ.”
Philippians 1:9-10

 



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