What it takes is a little bit of teamwork. Parents need to have a plan of action in place that requires organization and communication.
Teenagers should not be left unsupervised at home with too much idle time on their hands. Parents need to openly discuss summer plans & ideas with their children as well as welcome ideas from their teenager. I suggest both the parent and the teenager research the different camps, courses, and volunteer/work possibilities that are available. By working together as a team, a plan of action can be implemented and agreed upon by both parties.
Family members who respect and value each others ideas and opinions will be the families who find ways to work things out. And chances are, if teenagers become involved in the problem solving process, they will feel comfortable engaging in whatever decisions are made.
Younger kids should not be left unsupervised at any time, nor should kids be left to roam the streets without any real direction or purpose. The number one rule is safety first!
S– set boundaries for home and outside of the home
A- always stay connected throughout the day
F– “Finding Friends” is an app that can be used for monitoring locations
E- establish rules with consequences and rewards
T– teach children the importance of setting goals & living with purpose
Y– you are responsible for your children!
As an educator and parent, I believe in keeping all children actively engaged and involved in learning, for a summer that is exciting, safe and productive!
When you fail to plan, you plan to fail!- Champion Parenting, Inc.