June 16th, 2018
HOW YOUR CHILD CAN HAVE A SUCCESSFUL SUMMER VACATION
When summer break is finally there, children are thrilled to be able to enjoy their free time away from school. While it is good to have no plans at times, having no summer plans at all is the worst as children need structure. Over summer, it is essential to have your child engaged and to keep challenging her.
Here are a few tips for your child to have a successful summer vacation:
1. Engage the entire family in planning. If, as a family, you plan your vacation together, then your child will be more enthusiastic to go. Encourage your child to research vacation spots and give them a voice in the planning. The more she will participate in the planning of the vacation, the more she will feel respected and eager to travel. You will be rewarded with a good attitude.
2. Increase creativity and reduce technology. In the 21st century, we all need and use technology. However, taking a break from it allows the development of creativity. Reading a book alone or with someone, enrolling in an art class, or participating in a sport summer camp are activities that promote your child’s leadership and group skills.
3. Balancing activities with down time. Running around all summer without a moment to rest leads to exhaustion. So, make sure that your child has a balanced schedule between exciting and quiet activities. Reading or playing an instrument have a rejuvenating effect. Too much excitement may cause meltdowns, tantrums, and fatigue.
4. Spending time together. What matters the most is the quality of time you spend together with your child. It is not necessary to go on a complicated family vacation. If your child is on vacation and you are not, think about a special time you may want to spend every day with your child. Maybe, you have a walk in the evening in your neighborhood, play a board game, or create funny stories together. If you do something special, your child will have wonderful memories of her childhood vacation.
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