Nothing compares to the joy of summertime for kids. There are no obligations, and the long, hot days are a recipe for fun. As a parent, it’s important that you plan for your child to partake in healthy activities and keep them out of harm’s way during their break. Here are a few tips and suggestions to help you make the most out of your child’s summer!
Encourage them to pick up a hobby
It’s easy for children to use the summertime as an excuse to be lazy and do nothing substantial for 3 months. To keep them active and learning, encourage them to step away from the video games and try something different! Without a hectic school schedule, they now have the time needed to learn how to learn how to act, play an instrument, take an art class, or learn photography.
Pursuing a newfound passion over the summer break will prove to be beneficial in a number of ways. For example, new challenges mean new experiences. If your child wants to take up acting as a hobby and they’ve had relatively no experience with theatre, they can learn through giving it a shot. They may not be Daniel Day Lewis when they start, but the fun lies in the journey of getting better! Also, hobbies will allow your children to get out and meet new, like-minded people.
Kids are very impressionable so it is a necessity that they are surrounded by positive people who share the same interests as them. Lastly, a hobby is a great way to build your child’s confidence! Even though it will take time to develop a hobby to the point where they feel confidently skilled, learning to be good at something is a great feeling! And if your child has previously struggled with lack of confidence or self-esteem in school, excelling in a new hobby will send them back after summer break beaming with newfound confidence!
Talk to your child about falling into risky behaviors
Too much of anything can be a bad thing and sometimes too much free time for a child can lead them down the wrong path. Keeping your child busy this summer with learning a new hobby or attending summer camp will definitely help with keeping them out of trouble, however you will still need to have a conversation with them about the risks of falling into bad behaviors. As a parent, you will try your hardest to shield your child away from any negative influences, but you are not always going to be around. That’s why it is important to keep the lines of communication with them open at all times. Even though these talks may be uncomfortable, inform your child about the dangers of drug use and what to do should they ever be in a predicament where drugs are offered to them. Let them know that saying no is not a cowardly thing and they are actually making the best decision for themselves. Make them aware of peer pressure and tell them the importance of being a leader and never following the crowd. Even if your child does not seem to understand the importance of these conversations in the moment, they will be thankful for them as they grow older.
The summer is a carefree, light-hearted and welcomed season for all children. Making a plan to keep your child busy and having open, honest conversations with them will help give you the peace of mind you need while your child enjoys their break!