Have you noticed all the articles and news stories about how adults are packing too much into their lives and that we all need to learn to relax?

Experts report that stress levels are at an all time high, we are attached to our hand-held electronic devices and computers, and we never actually take a break anymore. Physicians and self help advisors are telling us to take time off, chill out and allow our minds and bodies to regroup.

God told us rest was necessary in the beginning:

And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

Genesis 2:2-3

Based on all that great advice I am all for down-time and vacations!

So what is the logic in the notice I received in my mailbox the other day? It was an endorsement for summer school for my children. The wording in what I received made me feel like that if I did not send my child to a summer learning program I was ruining his chance for success in life.

You’ve got to be kidding me! Isn’t dreaming of summer vacation what keeps a kid working hard and doing his best during the school year?

I, for one, think children need summer break. Children need to rest from school work, but more importantly children need time to have fun, build relationships and make family memories!

Come on, give a kid a break!  Am I right here … or am I missing something?