Worthwhile Things to Do During Summer

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summerWhile summer for kids may mean no homework, sleeping in late, afternoon naps, TV marathon, and more time outdoors, all of these can be pretty exhausting with lack of careful planning and variety. Like adults, children love being productive, and here are some unique activities I encourage my kids to do for a worthwhile vacation.

Summer Camps

Although you’d want to spend the entire season with your kids as much as possible, you won’t always be able to do that. To make sure that their leisure time is spent wisely, you can send them off to summer camps. It’s a clever way to ensure that they stay in a safe place and acquire some learning while you take a breather yourself.

Summer Courses

With all the free time in their hands, kids can easily get bored during the summer. Instead of letting them stare in front of the TV or play video games all day, enrolling them in a summer lesson can give them something worthwhile to get busy with. Piano, painting, ballet, violin, photography, etc. -whatever it is that they are passionate about.

Summer Jobs

While children may find themselves very excited in the beginning of summer, boredom will soon come in especially if they’re cash-strapped. Letting them engage in summer jobs will keep them preoccupied while earning the money they need to spend on vacation or stuff, so that you won’t be the one to pay for everything. Clearly it’s a win-win situation for everyone!

Volunteer Work

Convince your children to spend a few hours of their abundant free time lending a helping hand to those in need. It’s a great way to see the other side of life, meet new people, and make new friends. They will truly find self-fulfilment and treasure this summer experience. You can find volunteer programs by visiting GVI.

Tips

  • Schedule tasks and introduce them one at a time. You don’t want to overwhelm them.
  • Give suggestions while asking them what they want. It’s always best to sound supportive rather than dictating.
  • Don’t let them do the same thing over and over. No matter how fun the activity is, it can get boring soon. Give them time to relax and explore other hobbies.
  • Reward them for a job well done. Make sure you let them know that you appreciate their efforts.

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