La Crosse Karate Teacher shares simple ideas on how to keep your child Productive This Summer
Moms and Dads,
Have you ever heard your child say that he/she was “bored” after only a few weeks of summer vacation?
Movement creates energy & excitement
As parents I believe that we have all heard the dreaded B word before very soon after summer has begun.
We might ask, how can one possibly be bored with so much free time? There in lies the rub. It’s the free time. So what can we do to help our children stay productive during the summer months and assure that they are sharp when they return to school in the fall?
Make no mistake, I’m a firm believer in kids being kids during the summer. It’s a great time to relax, play, be with friends, and just be a kid. At the same time it’s also important to have rules, standards, and expectations.
With all of this free time it’s easy for kids to sit too much and have their minds become stale.
Video games, t.v. and other activities that let kids simply zone out and turn off their creative possibilities are easily accessed and can be abused.
As a La Crosse Karate Teacher I’ve worked with kids for 35 years and have found some simple secrets that have helped me keep kids productive (I have a free offer for you on the bottom of the page).
I’d like to share with you some ideas of things that I’ve learned that have helped my own kids and kids in my Karate program have fun and prosper during the summer.
Let’s talk about Routine
Every child needs routine and structure.
They prosper under these conditions. Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean that routine goes out the window. Think about it for a minute. During the school year your kids get up, get ready for school, go to school, come home and do their homework, relax and unwind, and get ready for bed. They have a routine.
Should the routine during the summer be all that much different? Can it be a little more relaxed? Sure it can for both parents and children, but still there is value in routine.
Let’s cover some summer routine ideas.
Getting up in the morning can be a bit later then during the school year but sleeping the day away everyday can lead to a child being tired and unmotivated.
Movement creates energy and movement can be in overdrive during the summer.
Beautiful weather, long days, and lots to choose from.
- Bike riding
…and lots of other activities can create movement and keep your kids sharp mentally and physically. Some of these activities can be planned by you and your child while others can be planned by the summer programs that your children can take part in.
La Crosse Karate Teacher Shares More Ideas About Keeping Kids Engaged and Motivated During The Summer
How about chores?
Oh sure, your kids may gripe a bit about doing their chores but it’s important that they understand that chores are how they contribute to the family. It’s not a free ride and when we help our kids realize that they too have responsibility it gives them a direction and a pride in ownership and contribution.
Wouldn’t it be exciting if your child would end the summer and say that he/she developed a skill or sharpened a skill over the summer months.
Learning promotes “I Can” confidence
Working on accomplishing a skill develops confidence and an understanding that commitment and persistence are desirable traits to develop. Encourage your child to find a person or a program that can help them feel that sense of accomplishment.
It’s a good idea for kids to continue reading during the summer months. Reading expands vocabulary and well as developing imagination and creativity. A child who likes to read finds it easy to entertain themselves.
How important is quiet time and reflection?
We all know how easy it is to be too busy and have life racing us by. Kids as well as adults need time to unwind and not do anything. Night time is a great time to sit down and go over what happened during the day and let our bodies and minds relax and recharge.
Giving your kids movement, achievement, structure and consistency gives them direction during those long, hot days of summer. Being consistently consistent during the summer helps kids recharge, not be bored, and ready for a great school year next fall.
There might be times when your kids struggle with some of this structure but stick to your guns. They might not fully understand it now but very soon they will thank you for being committed to what’s best for them.
A small struggle now is worth a large victory for kids as they become responsible, contributing adults.
It would be great to hear about your success stories. It would be great if you would leave them in the comment section. If you thought this post was helpful remember to share it on Facebook
Owner & Master Instructor Nicklaus’ Martial Arts America
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