With the Stay at Home Mom
If you are a stay at home mom then most likely your child will be staying home with you. We know that a home that is used all day long can get pretty messy and there will be a lot to do to keep it neat and clean.
Encourage your child to help at home.
By the time they are 10 or 12 your older child can be a big help in the home. Along with their regular chores of assisting you the bigger household details can be a great teaching tool in the summer. Does your child seem to have an affinity for things of home? This is good (I think). Take this time to teach them a valuable task. How to cook an entire meal. Sew a garment. Gardening from seed to canning (or freezer). You may have a budding chef or designer on your hands.
Encourage your child to explore their interests.
Summer is the perfect time to find out where your child's interests lie. You may find your child has a heart for those in need. Find out opportunities for giving (of time) in your area. Here are a few…
1.)Many hospitals have teen programs. Call and find out what is involved.
2.)Visit the animal shelter and find out more about what their needs are.
3.) Drop by the library and read the message boards. You never know what will pop up there. They may even have summer volunteer positions in the library.
Encourage your child to keep up with what they learned.
Studies show that entering your child in a summer reading program is a good thing for their education. Back in the day my mother would provide my sister and I with summer worksheets to keep things fresh until the next school year. We do the same for our daughter and have noticed that things that didn't completely “take” during the school year “gel” during her summer review. 15 minutes a few days a week is all it takes.
An Older Child's Regular Day at Home
- Up, Dress, Personal Time (reading, music, writing)
- Help make breakfast and clean up afterwards
- Household Chore or Project (clean bedroom, help mom with big chore)
- Help make lunch, and clean up afterwards
- Free time (hobby, crafts, etc.)
- Pick up around the house
- Help make dinner or do dinner time chore
- Hey it’s evening give your kids a break
With the Working Mom:
The summer months are probably the time when you will be looking for activities for your child to do. If you work full time (or even part time) this is important and there are several options for your tween child. Summer day camps are nice but the cost may be prohibitive. Having a grandparent or another relative watch your child during the summer is comforting but don't take the relative for granted. Some workplaces have things your child can do for the summer. If your workplace is like that you can have your child nearby during the summer. I worked with both my mother and father during the summer when I was in my tween years. This meant they didn't have to pay someone to watch me and they knew where I was most of the time (this was back in the day when anyone could take a tour of the U.N. and I used to take the in every language.) I organized my father's office and I decluttered some big junk room at my mother's work. Yes these activities were some odd 20 years ago but it can give you ideas. When I was older I did the babysitting for family friends and relatives and then ran the Vacation Bible School programs for a few years. Some hospitals have volunteer programs that your child can participate in. Be creative. If you have the funds there are always summer day camps too.
An Older Child's Daily Summer Schedule Where Mom is at Work:
- Up, Dress,
- Off to Camp or caretaker or summer job or volunteer work. Or to work with mom or dad.
- Back home help make dinner or do dinner time chore
- Hey it’s evening give your kids a break
Things to Note:
*Make time in your child’s schedule to keep up with new skills learned in school the past year. Have your child spend 15 to 30 minutes a day working on skill that they may be having trouble with such as English skills, spelling, or math.
*More than one child? Enlist your older child to help care for the younger. Have them read to their siblings or teach them a craft or skill.
*Your elder teen can find good work being a babysitter during the summer months. Getting certified in CPR and First Aid is a big plus.
*Slightly younger than teen? Your child still needs some looking after. An older teenager or neighborhood person you trust could help you out in a big way here. If you don't know anyone check out Care.com to find reviews of babysitters in your area.