Why should you get your kids out of the house this summer? 1) You don’t want them going all Lord of the Flies and killing each other. 2) All those video games might disconnect their eyeballs from their brain. 3) There’s a reasonable chance one of them will dress like a pterodactyl and jump from the highest piece of furniture you own.
Don’t worry, we won’t leave you hanging by the last tangled thread of your sanity. Here are four ways to get your kids out of the house in the sticky months of summer.
Increase that Scholastic Aptitude
They may not like this one, especially when it rips them away from Monkey Death Match 6000 on that expensive plastic game box, but getting your kids a little help when they’re not mired in the stress of the academic year can be very beneficial. If he slept through half of last year’s geometry class, find him a math tutor. If she’s not so keen on the reading comprehension, hire her an English tutor. If college applications are looming, find an SAT prep tutor.
Learn a Language
It’s trendy these days to send your kids to a language immersion school so that they come out speaking Chinese and making dinner conversation absolutely insufferable. But if a language immersion school sounds a bit intense, that doesn’t mean you have to send them out into the world with only the language of Shakespeare on their tongues. Get them some French lessons this summer. Or Spanish. Or Italian. Tell them to pick a cuisine and then tell them to learn the verbs.
Wax On, Wax Off
Nothing like letting kids kick through boards to burn off that July energy. Karate classes help with coordination, exercise, and frustration channeling. Please note: instituting a “no karate chopping your little brother” rule may be wise.
Unleash their Inner Van Gogh
Art classes never fail. It’s the ultimate trifecta of creative outlet, fun with paint that doesn’t involve re-wallpapering the living room, and social interaction. Just don’t let them go overboard into some tortured artist phase.
What’s the plan for your kids this summer?