This is it. The last week of school! Warmer weather, trips to the pool, vacations, sporting events, summer is here!
I recently read a post “Parenting Teens in the Summer” by Shellie Hochstetler and I would love to summarize some of her ideas for finishing the school year well and heading in to the summer season.
Challenge your kids to stay focused. It’s hard to stay focused during the last week of school. One idea is to reward students for good grades. Set goals for each final test or grade. Then determine an appropriate award, not a bribe, but a celebration of goal’s met and a job well done! Then, when grades come out, if your kids have met their goals, deliver on the reward! This could be money or activities or opportunities, determine what is appropriate for your family. Giving them both a goal and an incentive helps them stay on track this last week.
Keep your kids busy. Summer often means more freedom and time. For many students this season also yields temptation. When teens get bored, trouble can sometimes follow. Now, the best solution is not cramming their days full of meaningless activities, rather make sure they have plenty to do, so that your kids don’t end up brainstorming on their own! Some ideas are catching up with family friends (that means parent times for you!), going to neighborhood/city-wide activities (look online!) or coming to church events! (we have AWESOME events planned!)
Enjoy parenting! Finally, let’s be honest, your students weren’t the only ones who had a long school year. You’ve been just as busy as your students and even more so! So it can become easy to just let go and let teens “enjoy” their spring or summer. However, without the rigorous load from school and activities, summer is the perfect time for you to spending time together! Be intentional about creating meaningful time with your students. You aren’t battling their busy schedules, so create time for family memories, surprises, laughter, and conversation. Enjoy the moments you have with your kids.
We hope these ideas encourage you as you head into summer! But these are just our thoughts. We’d love to hear from you! What are some ways YOU are going to maximize the summer months with your teen?