How to Help Teens Make the Most of Summer’s Freedom

| May 20, 2015

May 18, 2015 • Opinion • By Dr. Frances Mills-Yerger Ph.D • Workshops for Youth and FamiliesAZEDNEWS

It seems as if the school year takes forever to end and then we parents are looking at what we have in mind to keep kids and teens occupied over the summer. What is especially important is that we realize that some of this short time off for kids is used to relax, wind down and re-energize.

The stress of schedules, academics, after school activities, work and social issues can take its toll and kids need some “veg” time. Actually we all do.

As you begin to sort out what is beneficial in the way of camps, give some thought to helping kids make the most of summer freedom, says Dr. Frances Mills-Yerger of Workshops for Youth and Families, a Scottsdale nonprofit that has been helping children and teens develop the social and leadership skills they need to navigate their way through difficult situations for the past 35 years.

Your summer plans for your kids are probably already in place. Your kids may be scheduled to participate in recreational activities sponsored by your school or community center, you may have them enrolled in day camp programs or educational activities, or you may be sending the kids away for camp or academic programs.

It just might be a good idea to take a few more steps to help prepare your children for their experiences. Summer usually means more freedom for kids and usually less adult supervision than that encountered during the school year.

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