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by Lianne Castelino


So it's here, the first official day of summer vacation for your child.  Where in the world did that school year go exactly?  First-day jitters —- poof —- last day goodbyes.  It moves like wildfire.  Everything does these days.

Yesterday, I read an article that absolutely moved me.  It made me stop, think, reflect.  It slowed me down.

It was the story of 29-year-old Meghan Baker, who was married, then shortly thereafter diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.  After her diagnosis she wrote a list of close to 30 things she wanted to accomplish in her life.  They ranged from “holding a PHD” to “mastering sewing, knitting and crocheting”.

She blogged throughout her cancer treatment for brast cancer.  Her blog was published on a website that was followed by several hundred readers.  When she died in April 2010 – her husband made a pledge. 

He vowed to take on the goals his wife didn't have time to realize.

What a powerful story. What a powerful legacy.  What a powerful act of love.

The total time between Meghan and Adam (her husband) meeting, marrying, her diagnosis and her death –  2 1/2 short years.  The blink of an eye.

What does this have to do with summer vacation?

It got me thinking that setting goals is such an important thing to do and teach children.  We set goals for different things – losing weight, saving money, making major purchases – but how about LIVING life to the fullest.

That is such a rich lesson to teach children, and summer is a great time to start.

Usually, summer means slowing down – family outings, family road trips, more entertaining, seeing friends and extended family.

It is also the ideal time to teach kids the important lesson of setting goals that don't necessarily have to be about doing well in school or doing chores.

A short list of 5 things they'd like to accomplish over the summer months, is all you need to start.  Tack it up on the fridge so they can see it everyday.  The visual keeps it present and alive and evolving.  The process of trying to achieve that goal and then finally realizing it is something kids can relate to and appreciate.

It is a lesson with so many powerful messages for both child and parent.

To read the entire article about Meghan Baker: