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Tip of the Day June 2
Capture summer memories in a scrapbook you can make together with your family. Fill the pages with pictures, tickets, souvenirs, and your children’s written accounts of each activity.
Tip of the Day June 1
Ask other parents, especially parents with older kids, about local summer programs. Some parents have done a lot of research into effective summer programs and they’re happy to share what they’ve learned.
Tip of the Day May 31
Remember to make regular time for conversations with your teen whenever you have the opportunity—over weekend pancakes, on the way to school, while running or biking together—so that you can really listen to what’s going on.
Tip of the Day May 30
Ask your child if he or she has any summer homework. Many schools assign a book or research project for kids to do over the summer, and many kids don’t tell their parents about these projects until right before school starts. Create a plan to get the work done gradually over the summer.
Tip of the Day May 29
Present your kids with a variety of options for activities and help them think about which ones best fit their interests.
Tip of the Day May 28
Discuss what you’re reading on the Internet. Many teenagers do a lot of reading online. Their reading may not be in book format, but they’re learning all kinds of things. Ask which topics interest them and why.
Tip of the Day May 27
Model thinking ahead and thinking on your feet. Children are always watching you, and they’ll learn how to prepare and deal with last-minute demands by the way you handle them.
Tip of the Day May 26
Consider having a playful summer reading competition. See who can read the most books first, but avoid setting up a stiff competition where your child may want to skim books instead of reading. At the end of the summer, reward the winner with a trip for ice cream or a $5 gift certificate to his or her favorite store.
Tip of the Day May 25
Be available when children have questions, but don’t be an “answer person.” Ask more questions to get children thinking or guide them to resources that will help them learn more.