Okay, so maybe this one isn’t as much of a coaching tip as it is a parenting tip, but it’s a great suggestion, anyway! Play hookie with your kids this summer, and let them know that you are doing it. Find a time when it won’t cause a huge backlash for you — plan it if you need to — and then turn to your kids and suggest that you do something fun. Pool, movies, bowling, playground — doesn’t really matter what it is. It only matters that you’re suggesting it, they know that you are choosing them over work (or responsibilities), and everyone is excited. If they don’t want to do what you suggest, ask for their input until you find something you both want. And then — go have fun. It won’t kill anyone to skip dinner and have popcorn every once in a while!