Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Summer is here!
I recently read an article going around Facebook about how kids just need to be kids during the summer. Just hang out, learn to play by themselves, and entertain themselves. The article mentioned that camps will make them feel entitled, and that they won't appreciate the experience anyway.
I thought it was a good article, in that it was well written, entertaining, and had some good points, but I don't agree with it entirely.
I do think children should know how to play without being led by an adult. I do think they should be able to have time to just be kids and to create and to be themselves. All these things are vital...especially in the summer.
BUT, I know that kids thrive with structure. I also know that if kids only have free play on their agenda, they're going to go insane and that the grownups will go insane as well.
I also know that if you only have planned activities and camps for your children, they will never know how to just be and will be exhausted all the time.
There needs to a happy medium. Days need to be filled with structure (camps, outings, instruction at home, chores) and free play (movie watching, lego building, run-around time). Moderation in all things.
I do think that kids can start feeling entitled after a while...and that's when we, as the parents, need to set them straight. Make them pull lots of weeds, make sure they keep their rooms clean, make them work for those things you're putting them in and doing for them!
Growing up, I danced every single summer, all summer long. I have great memories from those summers. I learned how to be independent and how to think for myself. I made great friends, and I grew a TON in my skill.
Having structure during the summer gave me a purpose. I know for a fact that people who feel like they have a purpose do good things and make better decisions.
Camps and outings can get kinda pricey (a lot are well worth the price, but sometimes we can't always do them!), so I might just put together a list of fun things to do during the summer that won't break the bank.
What are your thoughts on summers with kids?! What did you do growing up?
Posted by Ashley