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Summertime Blues-The Kids Are Home!

May 17, 2008
School is out for the simmer and the kids are home. For working mothers, the expense of day care begins. For stay-at-home mothers, the days of peace and quiet have come to an abrupt end. There are several ways that you can keep your children busy and also keep your own sanity. The key is to keep the children busy.

Most cities have various summer programs. There are recreational programs at local parks. These programs involve activities that provide will provide your child with some exercise and fresh air. For the only child, these camps can also provide him with the companionship of other children that he may otherwise be missing during the long summer months. Recreational camps also teach your child about different sports, which may cause him to become interested in a sports activity at school. For younger children, these programs are ideal due to the fact that they are usually held for just a few hours weekly.

There are also summer bible schools available at most churches. These programs combine religious studies with fun arts and crafts. Some of these camps are a week long for eight hours a day, while others may involve a weekend camping trip. This option can be a fun way for your child to enhance his religious education as well as giving him the opportunity to make some new friends.

There are also summer camps available that involve your child leaving home for a week or two to go camping with a group of other children. These programs allow your child to swim, go canoing, and participate in other activities that he may not have the opportunity to be exposed to at home. There are arts and crafts as well as lessons about different wildlife and nature. Although this is not appropriate for younger children, most school age children will enjoy themselves and may ask you to return the next summer.

As well as these other programs, your local library may also have some summer activities plan. There may be a program with a storyteller or some educational art projects to do. Most of these programs are once a week and continue through most of the summer. When you are at the library, you could encourage your child to check out a book to read to help to keep his reading skills sharp as well.

For every day activities, you could set up play dates with your child's friends from school. Before school is finished for the summer you should exchange phone numbers with some of the parents of your child's classmates. You and these parents can take turns watching the children for a day or an evening which will give you all a much needed break.

Also at the end of the school year, you can check with the school to see if there are any educational items that your child needs to work on during the summer. Some schools have suggested summer reading lists as well as flash cards and other activities. This school-related work will also help you to fill your child's summer days.

Summer is meant to be a vacation for your child. By occupying his time with different fun-filled activities will make it more enjoyable for both you and him.
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