Keeping kids busy during the summer can be a difficult task, especially if you work for a living. Some kids can be trusted at earlier ages than others to keep themselves busy and to stay out of trouble in an unsupervised environment, but other kids need to be looked after and provided guidance well into their teenage years. Every kid is different and varied approaches are required in order to properly reach and provide them the support that they need to learn and flourish at school and in life. Most school systems in the US are structured so that they have summers off and these days most parents, whether it’s a single or dual-income household, are working during the summer and struggle to make sure that their kids aren’t only cared for, but are also properly stimulated mentally and physically. We all know what can happen when kids get bored and it often involves them getting into trouble and them being subjected to some form of discipline as a result. It’s best to just be as proactive about these things as possible, so the smallest amount of discipline will be required because they’re in a healthy, supervised environment at a summer camp of some kind.
I said earlier that all kids are different and that means that we can’t always take the same, exact approach with one as we do with another. We want our kids to be as well-rounded as they can possibly be and the best way to go about doing that is to expose them to as many people, activities and social situations as we possibly can. The goal is to keep the developmental learning curve going and sometimes during the summer, when our kids lack structure, they can develop some destructive tendencies or not be as productive as they could be. A good way to avoid these learning lulls or times where they experience boredom is to have them attend a summer camp for teens. You might be thinking that summer camps are too expensive but if you haven’t thoroughly researched the matter and looked into local camps in your area, you may be selling yourself short. There are indeed some expensive camps that could well out of your price range, especially overnight ones that are located across the country, but there are many that are quite reasonable and deserve some consideration.
Think of the amount of money that you spend on your kid during the summer trying to keep them supervised and entertained. If they’re young, you’re probably still paying for child care and we all know how expensive that is. Then, when you add in recreational sporting activities or music lessons of some kind, the expenses really start to add up. The amount of money that you spend on your kid during the summer while you’re at work is enough to make your head spin if you analyze your expenses. This realization however, should make it easy to compare what it would cost for them to attend a day camp or one of many overnight summer camps where they’d be exposed to new things and people. Even if the price tag for a summer camp is more than what you’d have to spend trying to keep them busy and their minds stimulated while they’re not in school, everything is relative and the experience could be the best possible thing for them and their development. Plus, what parent doesn’t deserve and appreciate a break from their kids every now and then? There’s no reason why the decision to put your kid in summer camp can’t be mutually beneficial for you both. It may in fact, be exactly what you both need.
You may have a sensitive kid who doesn’t adjust very well to new situations and people but if that’s the case, that just means that you need to expose them to unfamiliar situations more so they can get more practice. The better-rounded your kid becomes as they enter into their teens and early adulthood, the more likely it is that they’re going to find ways to be happy and successful. You might not believe that it’s the best idea to throw them into the fire by sending them to an overnight camp, and if that’s the case then it would probably be best to get them involved with a day camp somewhere close to home where you can monitor their experiences on a daily basis. Sometimes, your financial situation is going to dictate whether you can afford to send them to an overnight camp or a day camp instead, but if you don’t know how they’re going to react to being away from home, it may be best to test the waters with a day camp regardless of your financial situation.