Kids should not spend nearly all of their summer time staying inside the house watching television or sleeping. This is not good for their physical or social development; besides, they could use a sufficient amount of exercise. You will learn how to prevent your kids from being idle in the summer.
Encourage them to play outside. Once they step out the door, they are likely to walk around the neighborhood looking for other kids to play with. This is what I did after my dad made me go outside to play for the first time as a kid. This became a good way for me to be physically active on a regular basis, make friends and find others to do things with.
Have them read a book each day. One way they can do it is to read one that is in the house. Another is to join a book club or sign up for a summer book reading program. By reading books, such as novels and mysteries, they will develop their vocabulary and comprehensive reading skills. I partly owe my love for reading books to my mom encouraging me to read books during summertime.
Send them to a kids’ camp for at least a week or two. I had a lot of fun doing many activities, such as archery, horseback riding and roasting marshmallows, hamburgers and hot dogs over an outdoor fire at summer camp. Additionally, this enabled my parents to have their own space for a while.
Exercise outside with them. One thing you can do is take them for a walk around the block. Another is to go bicycle riding or play certain sports, such as tennis and basketball, with them at a nearby park. Doing these things will help all of you get in shape while spending quality time together.
Make them do some yard work. If you grow a garden, encourage them to help out. It was nice of my mom to pay them to pull the weeds that were in our yard. Encourage your kids to walk around the neighborhood to ask others if they can mow their lawns and get paid for it. If they are old enough to be on a company’s payroll and they cannot mow lawns very much, you should have them look for a summer job. By earning my money, I learned discipline and the value of hard work.
There are a few other things you can have them do. You can send them off to visit their grandparents or other relatives, as my parents had me do. You can also take your kids to the mall, the movies, the library, a museum or a zoo.
You have learned how to prevent your kids from being idle in the summer. By taking this type of action, you will do what is best for them.