It seems like there are so many options for kids this summer - camps, sports programs, volunteer opportunities, or, for older kids, internships.
What are your kids doing for the summer? Will kids actually get a break this summer? Can they be over-involved in summer activities?
Mom's Council member Lauren Rosen said:
"Camp was always my number one choice for my children when they were young. Each of my three children had different needs; therefore, I chose different camp settings and programs for all three. My main goals were to have them socialize with other kids their own age that they may not have an opportunity to socialize with during the school year, to remain active, and to engage and be exposed to new and different activities. My kids attended different types of programs ranging from over night camps to town camps. They did a few specialized camps as well which focused on specific sports. Every summer we revisited our options and devised a plan that we could all be comfortable with.
As my kids got into their teen years, they became counselors at camps and also took part in summer internship programs that were recommended through the school. They volunteered for various organizations and did some community service.
I do actually feel that kids need a break in the summer and often see kids become over-involved and over-scheduled. It's great to be busy and active as long as some “down time” is planned in as well.
I am also a firm believer in carving some time for recreational reading and a bit of academic review. Keeping the mind engaged over the summer certainly helps maintain skills that can easily be lost over time. Kids begin the new school year at an advantage when they challenge their minds throughout the summer months. Hopefully, reading becomes one of the fun summer activities rather than one of the dreaded.
I hope everyone enjoys the soon-to-be here summer break."
Patch is looking to Mahwah parents to recommend an appropriate level of summer involvement, or programs that you have had positive experiences with. If you have an opinion on this issue, sound off in the comments section!