Enjoy a Stress Free Summer with Your Tween

Families look forward to the summer months all year long. Summer vacation is a time for your child (and you) to kick back, enjoy the warm weather and hopefully, to relax a little. Take a break from the busy and stressful school year by enjoying a stress free summer. You can do that by following the tips below.  

How to Enjoy a Stress Free Summer with Your Tween

Register Early for Camp: Overnight camp is a wonderful way for your child to have fun and for you to relax while he's away.

Be sure you commit to your camp of choice early in the year, to avoid a wait list or to have to settle for something else. Many camps fill up by April, so be ready to book your child's camp as soon as you decide on one. When it's time for your tween to head off to camp, avoid a teary farewell by being positive and by planning something fun to do together when camp is over. 

Talk About Summer Rules: You can avoid many stressfull situations by communicating your family rules and expectations with your child before summer even begins. Talk about curfews, rules for staying home alone, television and computer time limits, and other summer challenges. Be sure your child knows if friends are allowed over when you're not home, and if he's permitted to bike to the pool by himself. Be specific about your rules and family circumstances. If your child knows ahead of time what is expected, he's more likely to live up to your expectations.


Keep a Schedule (but be flexible): It's easy for your tween to get off schedule when he doesn't have the daily routine of school. Keep a schedule that will help your child stay on track. Be flexible when you need to, but try to keep your child on a sleep and eating schedule that's not far from his school year routine.

Take Time for a Trip: A family trip is a wonderful way for both you and your tween to unwind, bond and have fun together. Try to find the time for a family vacation, even if it's a staycation in your own hometown. If a vacation isn't in the family budget, see if you can take a few hours every week to do something with your child, such as a trip to the pool, a visit to a museum, an outing to the movies or an evening out for ice cream. Whatever you do, enjoy your time together.

Avoid Overcommitting: The school year is so busy with school, homework and extracurricular activities. Be sure you don't overcrowd the summer schedule with one activity after another. It's important for your tween and for you to have down time, and an open schedule is the best way to do that. 

Write a Chore Contract: If your child is going to be home all summer he'll need to chip in and contribute to family chores. Set up a chore chart so that your tween knows what chores he's required to do each day. Be sure he knows that he is allowed to play with friends or watch television as soon as his chores are finished.

If your tween skips his chores, be sure you have a consequence in place for that as well. 



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