Parents face many challenges every day of their lives. One huge challenge, that parents have to face every year, is how to fill the long summer break. In truth, the size of the challenge varies depending on where you live. In some countries around the world, the summer break might only be a month long. In others, we’re talking as long as three or four months.
While you might get some inspiration from watching Phineas and Ferb the unfortunate reality of life is that we rarely have the range of possibilities that a Disney cartoon might enjoy. The key to preparing for the summer break is having a long list of things for your children to do, both on their own, with their friends, or with yourself and other family members.
If you don’t have a plan, or you fail to come up with any ideas, then you can expect your child to increase their Xbox Live score considerably by the time they return to school.
Here are some ideas for filling the summer break.
Taking Time Out
A holiday or vacation might be the most obvious option, but many people decide not to have one, usually owing to money concerns.
However, you don’t need to splash out thousands and head somewhere exotic like Australia in order to take time out. Simple trips, such as a few days by the beach or taking a weekend to visit relatives, are excellent for breaking up what can be endless weeks of heel kicking and not doing much.
These are a favorite for busy working parents who aren’t able to take much time off during the summer months; such is the demand for breaks at that time of the year.
Modern summer camps are available in most countries, and can range from exciting days playing sports, to educational experiences, and perhaps even residential trips. You might not save much money in comparison to hiring a child minder, but your children are likely to have a much more exciting and adventurous summer.
Try a New Hobby
With at least four weeks’ worth of time to kill, the summer represents the perfect opportunity to try a new hobby.
Taking up something that you can do as a family, such as cycling, is an exciting pursuit, while a musically interested child will find a lot of value in learning how to play saxophone, guitar, or another instrument that they will likely get the opportunity to practice when they return to school.
Other options might include artwork or discovering a passion for collecting something of value.
It is important to keep children switched on during the summer so they avoid the notorious back to school slump that often means the first two or three weeks after their return is a total waste.
There are several ways parents can keep children engaged. However, trips to museums, art galleries, and other interesting cultural locations are all great ways to stop children switching off and forgetting about the learning process.
Filling the Summer Months
Helping your child to fill the summer months is both a challenge and a ‘must do.’ If you’re able to forget about the length of time you’re faced with filling, you’ll probably find yourself, ironically, filled with more than enough things to be getting on with.
Start planning now and you’ll be sure that you and your children have a fun-filled summer break.
Robert is a summer activities coordinator who works closely with schools, children, and parents to set up summer camps filled with fun and exciting activities for children and their parents to enjoy.