Time is flying by.. summer is fast approaching and summer vacation around the corner. If you ask your teen what he or she wants to do during the summer, they will probably say they’ll just hang out with their friends. A couple of weeks into summer break, and they will be bored with playing video games or hanging out at the mall.
Even if your teen is very mature and you are comfortable with them staying home by themselves during the summer, for your teen it would be good if she does have some activities planned that will keep her busy and out of trouble.
Not that your teen needs supervision or a baby sitter, but your teen needs something that will encourage thinking, give her some responsibility, accountability and guidance.
Fortunately these are an abundance of possibilities to plan a safe and fun summer for your teen.
Before suggesting any summer activities to your teen, consider your teen’s personality. If you suggest an activity to fill the long, boring summer months that your teen will enjoy, both you and your teen will have a pleasant and enriching summer.
The following are only a few of the many opportunities available to keep your teen busy – and out of trouble – during summer break.
For the older teen you might consider one of the following:
Volunteering – Does your teen like animals? He might enjoy volunteering at your local shelter or rescue group. www.petfinder.com lets you search for local shelters and rescue groups, sign up to be a volunteer, learn about pets and many more resources and information about pet care in general. Your local Hospice or Hospital will appreciate your teen. Some patients are without family and would benefit greatly just having someone visit and talk with them.
Getting a Summer job - If you would prefer your teen to earn some money during the summer, consider taking her to the office with you and assigning a particular job duty. You will have plenty to talk about on the way home.
If your teen wants to be a little more independent, there are summer job opportunities, from the grocery store to the car wash.
Summer Camps - Kids love camps – I was amazed to see how many different camps are available. Besides Day Camps and Overnight Camps, there are Adventure and Travel Camps, Sports Summer Camps, Art Camps, Technology and Academic Camps. Some Camps cater to special needs or health and fitness.
The web site www.summercamps.com lets you search for camps either by interest or by State. You will find the right camp for your summer.
YMCA - Each association reflects the needs of the local community. Your YMCA in your community may have a facility with a gymnasium, pool, childcare center and fitness center with a variety of programs for everyone to enjoy. Some of them offer job training, camps, a satellite program in a local school, or it may be all of those things.
Sylvan Learning Camp - How are your teen’s grades? Enriching your teen’s learning during school breaks is easy with Sylvan academic camps. Sylvan’s academic camps are age and grade appropriate and focused on targeted skill areas.
Whatever you and your teen plan for the summer – I hope it will be a safe and enjoyable one!
For more information on planning a great summer for your teen visit School’s Out! Plan For the Perfect Teen Summer. Teen summer ideas that are wonderful, positive and sure to please the entire family.