Hospitality and Summertime

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” 
― Charles Bowden

School is out!! (Or if you’re like me, your school system is weird and has today and tomorrow as the last days of school. Also if you’re like me, you have a child who almost cried when you tried to tell him he could skip those days because he didn’t want to miss any days so you’re stuck with car rider line for 2 more unnecessary days. I’m not bitter ;p ) ANYWAY, summer is here and that means that for a lot of us our kids are home much of the time! I realize many homes have 2 working parents so summer camps and activities may be providing your kiddos some structure. However, in my house, we are pretty structure free which is both exciting and terrifying! Ha!

If you are a stay-at-home or work-from-home mom, this summer is the perfect time to flex your hospitality muscles by starting with your child’s friends! If you work outside of the home, later nights and weekends still provide plenty of opportunities to lavish love and have some fun!

Here is a list of 6 ways that you can love well this summer:

  1. Reach out to a work-outside-the-home mom and find out if there are some days this summer that she’s struggling to find a place for her child to land while she’s working. Offer to watch her child(ren) at no cost.

  2. Stock up on the bunch-o-balloons water balloons. They fill up in seconds and seal on their own!! But they’re the perfect way to connect with neighbors. Invite a few neighborhood kids to meet in your yard at a certain time. Fill up the balloons and place them in a cooler in the middle of the yard. Line up the kids on the edges of your yard and count to 3. Such a fun, easy way to create some laughs and fun.

  3. Text some of your mom-friends, or the moms of your kid’s friends, and offer to take their kids home after VBS one day. What better way to love other moms well than by giving them a whole day kid-free!?!? ;)

  4. Be the house with the open-door policy and the best snacks. Put the snacks on reserve so that only if friends come over do the snacks get eaten. This is a sure-fire way to get your kiddos to invite their friends!!! And when they ask you if they can invite friends - say YES as often as possible! Your house doesn’t have to be flawless to be the favorite spot this summer.

  5. Host a neighborhood movie night outside! This one requires a little more effort, but it’d be so fun! Have your kids take fliers around to the neighbors the day before. (Extra (imaginary) points if they’re handmade invites from your kids) Hang up a white sheet over your garage door, borrow a projector, and park your cars on the street. Tell the neighbors to bring their own chairs and you’ll provide the popcorn & bugspray! Such an easy way to meet new neighbors and have fun.

  6. Have a standing pool/play day for friends. “Every Tuesday at 10am, join us at our pool for a couple of hours! Bring your own lunch.” If no one shows one week, who cares? If 15 show the next week, the more the merrier! This standing open invitation is a great way to teach your children that hospitality is as simple as inviting people in to the life you’re already living!

What are ways that you plan on showing hospitality this summer? I’d love to hear from you!!