Last night was our webinar: Summer Survival Skills For Parents. given by our Director of Parent Outreach, Adina Soclof.
We discussed the many different things parents need to know to survive a summer with their kids. Here are our top 3 tips:
1. Don’t lose the schedule: We all want to have a relaxing, uncomplicated summer and it seems second nature to let go of your family’s daily, year round, routine. Unfortunately that usually backfires with kids. Kids are better behaved when they know what to expect and thrive when their days are predictable. We definitely want to be more laid back and easy going as we go about our summer, however it is best if there is some sort of schedule in place.
2. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure: When planning our summer activities with our children we want to make sure that we take them to places that are child friendly. We want to set them up for success. It seems like common sense, but often we are pushed to do things that we know might not work with our children by well meaning friends or relatives. To reduce the chances of misbehavior, we can visit playgrounds,children’s museums or let our children loose in a spacious toy filled basement and their own backyards. It is best if we can avoid fancy restaurants, museums that are not age appropriate, or our friend’s house that is full of breakable knick knacks.
3. Summer homework: We want to make sure that our children do not lose the academic skills that they may have gained over the school year. It is important to do something to maintain those skills over the summer. However, we can find simple, creative and fun ways so that it doesn’t feel like a chore. Word and number games like Boggle, Sudoko, Scrabble, Yahtzee and Banangrams are perfect for the summer time. It is an ideal time to cultivate your child’s interest about nature, animals, insects, photography, arts and crafts, and sports. It is also important to remember that many kids who stress about school, blossom during the summer. It is best if we can find activities that highlight our struggling student’s strengths and help them shine.
If you missed our webinar, the recording will be available by the end of the week. You can sign up here,Summer Survival Skills For Parents. and we will let you know as soon as it is ready for viewing.