As we have already noted when your kids are getting older, they might not be as interested as they once were in traditional summer activities for kids, such as playing outside.
However, this could be the perfect time to encourage them to develop their skills and interests.
Perhaps they might be interested in teaching at a camp where others are looking to learn new skills or sports.
If they are interested in a musical instrument maybe you could encourage them to take lessons. If they are a budding artist perhaps you could buy them some materials to let them explore their creativity.
Most teenagers will already be developing skills in certain areas, and having time away from the pressures of school, could be the perfect time to improve and develop them.
You might also want to think about encouraging your teenagers to consider volunteering. It's a great way for them to meet new people, to learn new skills and also keep themselves occupied.
Some ideas they could consider include:
- Helping local charity campaigns;
- Spending time with the elderly neighbours;
- Helping out at a homeless shelter;
- Helping to clean up your local streets;
- Working on local conservation projects.
One of the advantages for teenagers and you of volunteer placements is that they tend to be very flexible. You may even find that some volunteer schemes will offer volunteers a qualification once someone has worked for them successfully for a period of time.
Whatever you and your kids decide make this summer one of fun activities that they will remember!