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Summer is cancelled. Now what?: Ideas for kids ages 12 and up with Kristen Hatton and Greta Eskridge

Our older kids had distinct hopes and maybe some pretty solid plans about how their summer would look. Enter COVID-19 and we’re all adjusting to this new summer reality. With varying physical distancing measures in place around the country, and many group activities cancelled, we have an opportunity to help our older kids find purpose in their “new normal”.

Enter Kristen Hatton and Greta Eskridge, two moms who are intentional about the everyday moments and stand out memories. With Alex and Krista in the mix, these four women have 15 kids between them! From work ethic to intentional rest, family books to managing food needs this is a great listen on the early end of your summer.

We recorded this conversation, full of practical COVID-sensitive ideas a few weeks ago. Because of this we don’t cover protests, hard conversations, or citywide curfews, though these are likely topics of interest to our listeners with older kids at home. Here you’ll find more discussion about quality time, making memories with our kids, and creating a sense that family is a place they will want to come back to. We pray these are timeless topics regardless of the day’s headlines.

And fun news we are doing a giveaway the week this episode releases!!! Visit The Open Door Sisterhood’s Instagram Stories to learn how you can win an outdoor projector to show social distancing movies this summer!!!

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A few things you heard mentioned on the show:

Washington Post article on teenagers and summer jobs during COVID-19

Victor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

The Amazing Race


All American


The Yearling

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

The Wing Feather Saga

Ted Dekker: Black, Red, White, and Green

Perseid Meteor Shower, 8/11-8/13

Great Salt Plains State Park, Oklahoma

Tiger King park


Mexican Train Dominoes


Air Frier

Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel spice

In-N-Out Burger

The Enneagram Institute


Strengths Finder

Greta’s book Adventuring Together: How to Create Connections and Make Lasting Memories with Your Kids

Kristen’s book Get Your Story Straight: A Teen’s Guide to Learning and Living the Gospel

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