We all know just how valuable school is for children. It is not just a place of learning and education; it is also about learning to socialize and work with people. It’s about learning to respect teachers, and in time, making independent decisions too.
However, school time isn’t the only precious part of their year. So is the time that they have off school. During these periods, be they a few hours long or several weeks long, you should be encouraging them. Encouraging them to make the most of this time is something that you as a parent, grandparent or other relative should be doing. That’s because it is in these periods of time that your children become fully formed adults.
So, let’s take a look at exactly what you should be encouraging your children to do in order to make the most of their time off school.
During weekends…. Get a part time job
In most countries, you have to be 16 before you can be employed by a company. As, soon as your child reaches this age, encourage them to get a job. Make it clear that this is a fantastic opportunity for a number of reasons. Yes, they have to give up a day or two of their weekends. However, they get a lot in exchange. First and foremost, there is the chance to earn their own money! There is also the opportunity to meet new people, gain some independence and get on the career ladder.
During short holidays…. Volunteer and do work experience
If your child has just one or two weeks off school, this might restrict what they can do slightly. So, for example, just one week won’t allow time for a family vacation and for them to do their homework. So, instead, use these shorter holidays for a different purpose. Encourage your child to do some unpaid work. This might be volunteering in an area they are interested in, like animals and education. Or, it could be some valuable work experience in an area they might like to build a career in one day.
During long holidays… Travel
We’ve touched upon the fact that short holidays may not leave much time to travel as a family. Longer holidays, or a month or more, however, do! Avoid getting sluggish and lazy by trying to find the perfect family activity holiday. This is great for trying new things and keeping health and fitness levels up. You may even discover a new hobby you want to all keep up once you get home!
During evenings…. Get homework done
Help your children develop the habit of getting homework done as soon as they arrive home. It allows them to enjoy the rest of their evening without stress and gives them a proper break from work. Help them out with a timetable and find ways to motivate them. This could be through a weekly treat, like a night at the cinema. Or, something smaller, like allowing them to pick what you have for dinner one night a week!
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.