In the summertime, children can be divided into two groups: those who wake up at the crack of dawn and those who'd gladly sleep all day (and stay up most of the night.)
My youngest child is a teenager, so you can probably guess which group he fits into!
I didn't involve my Big Kids in summer activities beyond Scouting and Vacation Bible School, but every child has different abilities, temperaments and needs. For the fourth summer in a row, my youngest will be attending a summer theatre camp for several hours each day. We're well-acquainted with the adults who run the camp as well as most of the young people who attend it, and while it's an inconvenience for me to drive 20 minutes each way to get him to and from camp, I know who he's with and what he's doing and that he's building skills and self-confidence that will serve him well for a lifetime.
What about your family? Do your children attend Vacation Bible School, play a summer sport, or attend summer camp? What do you like (or dislike) about involving children in activities in the summertime?
Please share your answers and experiences in the comment box below.
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Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom of 3 young adults, and a Secular Franciscan. She is editor at CatholicMom.com. Barb enjoys writing, cooking, and reading, and is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.