4 Steps to Encourage Summertime Success
Summer is a season of mixed emotions for any parent. School is out, thereby erasing homework checks, after school practices, and PTA meetings from the calendar. But structure is largely out too, increasing the likelihood that idle minds will merely marinate in boredom. With some inspired motherly or fathering encouragement, summertime can act as an opportunity to take steps toward life goals, entrepreneurial dreams, and overall maturity.
Embrace Summertime Employment
For many teens, the school year is too busy a time to partake in part-time employment, making summer the perfect time to hone some new skills, forge connections, and put some ink on the resume. Our sister Biz Kid$ blog recently featured a rundown of some of the more unusual sources of summer employment. Among them: worm farmer, corn detasseler, and mosquito killer. Whatever task fills your timecard’s hours, the experiences gained will be just as valuable as any paycheck earned.
Satisfy Daily Responsibilities
One of the biggest risks to summer break success is loss of focus. Sleeping in, staying up late, and too few responsibilities can have a slothful effect on kids (and us all.) Encourage your child to keep tabs on a few achievable responsibilities like making their bed and maintaining a reasonable wakeup time. And while household chores may sound like a burden, they can keep your teen on their toes, alert enough to take advantage of all the opportunity summertime brings.
Limit Screen Time
If limiting summertime TV was the concern of the previous generation, ours has an entirely new variety of vegging to worry about. From texting and snapping to ‘gramming and messaging, phones, tablets, and computers have added to the long list of distractions that could easily saturate a kid’s every waking hour. Limiting screen time, however archaic our kids may claim it to be, is an essential handrail in helping them take advantage of everything summer break can be.
Take Entrepreneurial Risks
A part time job is a noble activity. But it’s not the only way your teen can make money this summer. Your child’s inventions and innovations have value. Encourage them to act on their entrepreneurial ambitions. Perhaps their next step is writing a business plan, building a prototype, or finding a mentor. Our public television series, Biz Kid$, has followed the youthful careers of literally hundreds of impressive young entrepreneurs over the years. Their ventures vary widely, but they all have one thing in common: capability without caveat.