|Kickin' it old school|
One summer, she took two buses to a free DC program of total immersion German (to this day, she claims to not speak a word). She took advanced swimming. She took life saving. I traded helping a church day program with their newsletter for a spot for her in their program. I also used our scarce resources to join a hotel pool for the summer--and we spent all weekend days and many evenings at the pool.
Stephanie Marcy, PhD, writing for Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, says kids may dream of endless X-Box, but parents may want something more. She suggests you think in terms of:
--Stimulation. Plan visits to say, a farm, a museum, or just the beach to delve into the tidepools. Check out reading lists the school sends home--a trip to the library may be in order. How about a kids cooking class or volunteering at a nonprofit? And, if course, there is camp, both day and sleepaway.
--Schedule.Give the kids structure--maybe on a chart on the fridge. Put in a few days with no agenda.
--Sleep. Try to keep kids to a decent sleep routine--not this all night stuff, followed by up at noon.
--Socialization. Help the kids build healthy relationships with play dates or at very least, with scrutiny of their friends. Maybe you can trade "care" with friends of your own with kids.
--Screen control. Try to get the kids to unplug during the day so they can enjoy the warm weather and outside activities.
--Self-sufficiency. Urge kids to be more independent. Make goals for them--such as learning to tie their shoes or make breakfast--and help them achieve them by summer's end.
Or how about getting that garage cleaned out--that's a fun goal.