Unlike many children today, I was reared in a time and place where my parents expected us to be out the door as soon as breakfast was over, maybe return for lunch, then back outside. We'd usually leave with the warning to be on time for dinner ending with the words, "Be in by dark."
With spring in full swing, many parents are now in the process of making summer plans and arrangements for their children. My favorite word regarding most things is “balance,” and children’s summers are no exceptions.
When you think of summer, what do you envision? Long days by the pool? Family vacations? Summer camp? Backyard barbecues?
For many families around the country, summer means moving trucks. Each year, millions of people take advantage of the school break to move to a new place. As a military family, we're often a part of this yearly migration—we have moved with our young children three times in past five years! Whether you're moving down the street or to a new city, moving can cause anxiety for anyone, but it can be especially stressful for our children.
Around this time of year, educators and parents across the country often talk about ways to prevent “Summer slide,” or the loss of academic progress over the summer months. High performing students, like those at Shorecrest and other private schools in St. Petersburg, FL, do not use the summer as a time to simply maintain skills. They use the summer months as a time for concentrated growth in their areas of passion. Whether a student is interested in robotics, coding, math, writing, a sport, an art, a service endeavor, or earning money, the 9-10 weeks of summer are a perfect time to develop those skills, passions or bank account.