Blog — Summer Vacation

A Solution for Bored Children: The Common Good List

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Too much time, too little to do-- this is the often the problem of summertime with kids. Can weeding, washing dishes or taking out the trash help your child do better at school and better in life? Yes. Here is a piece I wrote about getting kids and families to work together for the common good. 

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School's Out, Structure's In: How to Plan Your Child's Summer "Work Week"

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Please tell me I'm not alone, but every year when school lets out for summer, I worry (yes, I do) what are the kids going to do with all of that free time? So practicing what I preach, I know it's better to use my time planning than worrying, here's a plan to introduce a little structure into your child's summer vacation. Not too much, but just enough. It could help end the fights over screen time and make a better summer for everyone in your home. Happy summer all!

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School's Out! Help for Panicked Parents and Bored Kids

Bored KidsHappy summer! How many parents are already having that "what's wrong with this picture?" feeling as they are juggling job, dishes, laundry, and the insistent "I"m hungry!" followed by "There's nothing good to eat!" proclamations, while their kids are mostly sleeping in, waking only to hunker down to Netflix, Minecraft, or similar. Lack of structure can be our downfall. What's the best order-to-chaos ratio so that summer still feels like fun? Check out these ideas. Your child may not thank you, but if you are a calmer parent this summer, that's a win for all. 

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