I find that children who are most eager to participate in summer activities are the ones who are excited about learning and who have an outgoing personality. I also believe that one’s environment plays an important role in fostering a child’s participation and willingness to try different things during these summer months.
The fact is we all learn from each other. Children continually watch their parents
and older siblings, as well as their friends very closely. All can have a direct influence
on a child’s future participation and behavior. In fact, being the youngest of four children, I can look back and see how my older sister influenced my participation in activities and even in my chosen career path.
Children’s friendships are another factor that affects a child’s willingness to participate.
We are all aware of peer pressure. That is why it is imperative for children to be surrounded by friends who will elevate their thinking and provide additional support when needed.
Summer is an excellent time when parents can engage in open communication, encouragement, and role modeling with their children. Children will then begin to operate with the necessary confidence feeling safe and ready to expand their opportunities and become active participants in life.
Enjoy this time together building memories and helping children to aim high, live life, and use their talents to make this world a better place.
In summary, participation at an early age should be encouraged for it sets the tone for taking future risks. All experiences both positive and negative help to build a child’s personal growth and development.
After all, according to Edward Everett Hale, “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”
Champion Parenting (Building Leaders for Life)