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Summer vacation is a great opportunity for families to spend quality time together, take trips to see family or visit new and exciting parts of the world. But, for many working parents, the need to find something engaging for your children to do is pressing.
Summer vacation is right around the corner, and while your children are probably thrilled for a break from all of the formal learning they're doing in the classroom, summer presents a great opportunity to continue learning in a more non-traditional manner. Help your children establish and maintain a love for learning by filling the summer with fun and educational activities.
Parents are frequently concerned that if their children use technology, they could face negative consequences. But how many parents consider the lasting effects that their own technology use can have on their children?
Summer is the perfect opportunity for your children to get some extra outdoor time. With more freedom during the daylight hours and more flexibility with bedtime, there’s no reason why they shouldn’t be outdoors.
There’s no shortage of articles suggesting ways for you to monitor your child’s phone usage. From apps for your phone and theirs, to services provided by your mobile carrier, there are a wide variety of ways for you to ensure your child is safe while using their phone.
Now that the school year has come to an end, your children are probably looking forward to the freedom of summer. Often, this freedom translates into late nights and a sleep schedule that is thrown out of whack. It may not seem like a big deal for your child to stay up late. After all, they don’t have school the next morning so what does it matter if they’re up past their bedtime? While it certainly won’t hurt for your child to stay up late occasionally, many kids lose track of their bedtime all together. There can be negative consequences for this lack of consistency, so it’s important to find a balance between summer fun and getting enough rest.
Today's parents are feeling the pressure to enroll their children in as many extracurricular activities as possible in an effort to develop "the whole child." As a result, some parents actually end up over-scheduling their children, which can have adverse effects.
We frequently use our blog to share useful parenting tips for navigating today's world, and one of our most recent blog posts specifically addresses how to identify if your child is involved with too many extracurricular activities. We encourage you to read this article as it can help you to find a healthy balance for school, extracurricular activities, and downtime for your child.
Have you noticed groups of kids gathered together looking at their phones? If so, there's a very good chance that they're playing Pokémon Go, which is the hottest new smartphone app game to hit the streets.
The game uses your phone's GPS to send you on a hunt for monsters and makes virtual Pokémon appear around you for capturing. As you walk around town, the goal is the capture as many Pokémon that you can so that you can train them and battle them against other Pokémon Go players.
This huge sensation has created a number of safety concerns for parents though. Could the game be too distracting for kids and cause them to not pay attention to where they're walking? Considering the game involves interacting with other players, will this cause kids to let their guard down too soon?
With that being said, should your kids be playing Pokémon Go? Since we frequently use our blog to offer parenting tips, we wanted to touch on this valid concern.
We've talked in great detail about the benefits that involvement in extracurricular activities can have on your child. Not only can they help to develop a more engaged student, but they also teach valuable life lessons such as teamwork and self-esteem.
However, if you over-schedule your child with too many extracurricular activities, the benefits can quickly diminish. Unfortunately, parents experience an enormous amount of pressure these days to get their children involved with everything under the sun.
Is your child involved with too many extracurricular activities? Here are some of the most common signs to confirm this:
With school officially out for the summer, some parents are feeling a little unsure about how they will keep their children entertained and engaged in learning over the next few months.
Here are 5 great parenting tips that will keep you proactively prepared and help your kids to have a fun-filled summer:
1. Ask for their input when making plans.
If you want your kids to cooperate, it can help to ask for their input when planning out their day. For example, if you need to make a trip to the grocery store and bring the kids along, ask if they would prefer to go to the pool before or after the trip to the grocery store. Also, consider giving them some of the responsibility of locating some of the items on your shopping list. Allowing your children to make contributions and decisions can help to empower them and minimize their urge to misbehave. Always reward good behavior with positive praise, and if possible, an occasional little treat like their favorite snack, ice cream or their choice of a movie.
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