Summertime will be here before you know it and a well-planned summer can give your child a jump start on the next school year.
As a parent, you know that just as a balanced school day can help your child achieve success, giving your child a balanced summer can recharge your child. It is important to offer suggestions to your child, but it is equally important to listen to your child’s ideas and acknowledge their interests.
A balanced summer looks a little different from a school day because with longer days, uninhibited by the six hours of school, there is more time to explore personal interests. There are many ways to have a great summer including family trips, summer camps, sports activities, performing arts camps, and lessons ranging from horseback riding to musical instruments. Through the summer it is important to allow time for rest, relaxation and unstructured time with friends. It is also important for children to have time alone to rest, reflect and daydream. Let your child be bored! Let your child develop new interests, build forts, lie in the grass, make daisy-chains, see ants working together, watch butterflies drift by and hummingbirds drinking from flowers.
In the summer children can try new activities by dividing their week or their days, into blocks of time that allow for trying new activities, practicing skills, playing with friends, having quality “me time” and spending time making memories with their family. It is also nice to leave some time that is totally unstructured and unplanned to allow for something spontaneous.
Summer is a time for new discoveries and new interests. It is also time to continue to explore passions and hobbies. Let your child be the guide, as you offer opportunities that will enrich and expand your child.