2 Ways to Inspire Kids this Summer

Summer 2013 is upon us—the kids are out of school, the weather is heating up, and parents are looking for ideas to make this a summer to remember—filled with memorable experiences that will help their children grow and develop.

If parents aren’t careful, the summer can become a time when kids pass the hours playing video games or parked in front of the television. Instead of spending the summer losing valuable brain cells, here are two ideas to help your child or teen develop good character while on a break from their everyday school routine.

IDEA 1:  SCHEDULE A REGULAR TIME EACH WEEK TO DO VOLUNTEER WORK.

Help your child develop the character traits of availability, generosity, and compassion by learning what these concepts mean and applying them to real life. Volunteer at a food pantry, nursing home, or at a community outreach center. Serving other generations—hearing their stories and meeting their needs—can help young people discover new horizons, develop new skills, and see what character looks like in action.

IDEA 2:  LET THEM START A SUMMER BUSINESS.

Learning character traits such as diligence, dependability, initiative, and orderliness will help children succeed later in school and in life. Mowing lawns, cleaning houses, babysitting, walking dogs, and house-sitting for friends on vacation are opportunities for children and teens to learn responsibility. And the money they earn is an added bonus!

The summer can be a great time for children to learn new things. All it takes is a little effort and planning ahead, and you and your children can grow closer while enjoying those long, sunny, and warm summer days.

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