Tuesday, May 2, 2006
Parent to Parent: Ready for Summer
Parents prepare. We are one month from summer break. But if you haven't planned anything, dr. Debbie has a few suggestions. In tonight's Parent To Parent, we found kids can have fun learning if you pick the right activities.
WSVN--During the school year, 9-year-old Hunter Garroway balances a very hectic schedule.
School by day, homework and horseback riding by the afternoon.
But that's doesn't leave much free time.
So when school's out for summer, Hunter loves to kick back and relax.
Hunter Garroway: "It's just fun vacation because I get to do whatever I want. Stay home, relax and just have fun everywhere."
Her mom, Jaime, wants the fun to also include learning.
So this summer, Hunter's going to sleep away camp for a new experience.
Jaime: "I think one of the most important parts of being away from your parents is learning how to function without mom and dad and you have to make some important decisions and get along with other girls and the other campers."
Seven News Parenting Expert Dr. Debbie Glasser says learning how to be independent is a part of growing up.
Your child can do that at sleep away camp or even at a regular day camp.
But before you send them off, now is the time to do your homework.
Dr. Debbie: "The key is to make sure they are safe and supervised."
Talk to the camp director.
Find out whether the activities will be appropriate for your child's age and ability.
And ask for references.
Dr. Debbie: "One of the best ways to find a day camp is to talk to another parents because word of mouth really does make a difference."
For teenagers, you may be too old to be a camper, but you could be a counselor in training.
Plus summer's the perfect time to shadow professionals or apply for an internship.
Dr. Debbie: "These can be ways to get their feet wet, learn a little something about different careers and make good use of their time this year.
Families can also make a difference together.
Dr. Debbie recommends volunteering during the summer.
Dr. Debbie: "I really encourage families to look for at least one family volunteering activity that they can do together to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others."
But no matter what your plans are, parents don't over schedule.
And encourage some downtime, especially for reading.
Dr. Debbie: "Studies show when children read during the summer they actually keep their vocabulary and their reading skills up and ready for the next school year. It's something that should be part of every child's summer regardless of age."
Hunter's ready for the great outdoors.
She'll be sleeping away during the week and coming home on the weekends.
For this first time camper, it's the best of both worlds.
Jaime: "Hunter will form fantastic friendships that will last her for many, many years."
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