June 14, 2016 – Issue 35
Photo: Summer Camp 2011 (77th Scout Group) © www.flickr.com
Soon school will be out for the summer. Have you started planning how you will keep your children active and taking care of their health during this time?
This is a good opportunity to book your children to get their teeth cleaned, see their dentist, have their eyes checked out and if required get their glasses so they can get use to wearing them if it is the first pair, and to have their yearly check-up with their pediatrician.
When school is out, children think two months is not long enough to be away from school while parents are counting down the days to when school will resume again. By taking the time to plan and organizing various activities over the summer this will help children to keep healthy, active and not be complaining of boredom. If possible, book time off for family vacations and travel to new locations to enjoy different food, culture and customs. Regularly plan a trip to the library for them to take out books and documentary videos.
“Build traditions of family vacations and trips and outings.
These memories will never be forgotten by your children.”
~Ezra Taft Benson
Also, why not plan summer activities that are fun and involves some learning and new experiences. Of course there is the need to take into account the cost of performing these activities and your available time. If you are fortunate to be off for the summer, why not take them to a museum or do things that will expose them to new undertakings and experiences.
Take this opportunity do something you have never done yourself and discover with your children the joy of a new experience that includes learning and fun. If there are other mothers who have different skills and interests while not arrange that each take turns taking the children and doing something different or why not go together as a group, especially if it is something that you may not be interested in. This will then allow you to have another adult to speak to while the children are participating and having fun.
Get them to make a list of things they would like to do and experience something new. Aim to do one new activity / experience each week or bi-weekly, this will allow the children to have something to look forward to.
“Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.”
~William Arthur Ward
If funds are available why not send the children to summer camp which can be held during the day in town or out of town away from home for a week or longer. Some camp programs offer bursaries for families who may not otherwise be able to afford to send their children to camp. There are a variety of camps available to meet your children’s needs and interest. Such as music, dance, theatre, science and nature, horseback riding, bible, sports, working with animals, for particular groups like Girl Guides / Boy Scouts, and camps specific to meeting children’s physical needs and illnesses.
Children who attend camp build lifelong friendships, have enormous fun, gain new learning opportunities, skills and experiences and most importantly it helps them to grow and blossom as an individual plus will challenge them out of their comfort zone.
“A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.”
As well, there are many day camps offered by universities and colleges exposing children to a variety of learning and new experiences opening them up to an area of possible prospects that may gear them into future careers.
Therefore, why not plan to make this summer a healthy, fun-filled, learning experience that will hold life-long lasting memories for your children?