Help Your Child Build Skills During the Summer
Summer is fully underway and your school-aged child is busy with his daily regimen of playing video games and eating chips all day while you go to work. Hard life huh? Well, you do not have to let your child simply sit around the house all summer and forget all of the important facts he learned during the previous school year.
You can enroll your child in on of the countless continuing education programs out there today for young children and help him mold his brain while school is out of session. He may be upset with you for making him go to school while his friends are out playing, but he will thank you later on for how ahead it put him in the education game.
Many churches offer summer bible camps that allow students the opportunity for continuing education on their religion. Or, there are also countless summer camps that you can enroll your child in to give them the opportunity to learn more about building important life skills while meeting and reconnecting with kids his own age.
You are also sure to find continuing education programs put on by the local school districts, art centers, science centers or language programs. For example, you could enroll your child in an intensive Spanish language course to help him learn the language before taking the class this fall in school.
If your child is a budding artist, enroll him in a continuing education art class where he can hone his inner Van Gogh and channel his energy into something other than video games and candy. Better yet, if your child thinks he is the next Einstein, enroll him in a chemistry continuing education class where he can practice the latest experiments under the close supervision of a real life scientist.
The opportunities to engage your child in education and positive activities during the summer is endless, as long as your child is a willing participant. If he is adamant that he does not want to participate in anything that does not involve sitting on the couch or lounging by the pool, let him know that his choices now will affect everything in his future life: from his future allowance increases to the colleges he can choose from in the future.
He may not react to the college part now, depending on his age, but he will most likely recognize the importance of his decisions when his allowance is involved! You can use this as a powerful bargaining chip when discussing summer continuing education options.
This will pay off for you in the future. Your child will no doubt come to you one day and thank you for the extra push you gave him on his educational path. He will understand how important it was when he realizes how far ahead of his peers he is and how many more options he will have in his life resulting from the summer continuing education classes he had to take.
So pull him off the couch and into the world of education!