We all love the summer holidays don’t we I say optimistically. But do we? Summer holidays can be a difficult time for many families as they have to juggle work and childcare and it is not always easy especially when you have children who don’t want to go to camp and would rather be at home with you or hanging out with their friends.
Camp can be a wonderful thing for children as it allows them to try out new activities, make new friends, learn new skills and give them space from mum and dad. Whether or not you are working camp can be a great place for them to be but it is not for everyone.
If your child is at home and you want them to gain some new skills during the holidays then why not use the time productively to do this. Perhaps you could choose specific skills you would like your child to develop. These can be academic or non-academic. You may want them to start learning about some of the subjects they are going to be doing in their next academic year or get them to brush up on their essay writing or you may want them to be able tie their own shoelaces or learn to swim backstroke. Whatever it is they have six weeks to start enjoying something new so why not talk about your ideas and see what they think.
Alternatively why not ask them what activities and interests they would like to pursue in the given time. They may surprise you with their ideas. They may want to have an area of the garden that they want to create or design a board game.
They could even do something from your list and theirs and they could be their projects when they are at home at a lose end.
Summer is a great time to develop skills and personality so why not use it as this as well as a time for your child to be idle, relax and play.
What do you think? Will you be encouraging your child to learn something new?