I'm bored. Yeah, it's 6 weeks into summer. We're all bored...unless we plan a stimulating and growth-mindset-building set of challenges and deep dive into something new.
There are very few things that excite a child more than the carefree times of the summer. All obligations are put on hold for three months while kids enjoy long days and warm nights. Many parents worry that there are too many risks associated with having such a lax schedule and break in routine. The best way to make sure your child has a productive summer is to plan a schedule for them! Here are a few reasons why a schedule would be beneficial to you and your child.
Try Something New
Because of the extensive break away from learning activities and school work, many parents fear that their children will “lose what they don’t use” over the summer. Chances are after the initial excitement of summer vacation dwindles down, your child will be yearning for something stimulating to do. Encourage them to pick up a new hobby. You can create a free Empowerly student portal account today to browse our databases of research and internship opportunities. This can be a great way to start your summer activity brainstorm. Here's a sneak preview of our database...
Allow your child to dig deep and pick something that they have little to no experience in, then allow them to have at it! Perhaps they may want to learn origami, take an introductory online coding class, volunteer with an organization near and dear to their heart, master culinary creations, or try their hand at a new sport. Whatever it is that they choose to do, be their biggest supporter. When they first begin practicing their new hobby, it may be challenging. They may grow frustrated or feel as though they will never “get it” but it is important that you encourage them to hang in there. These challenges will bring new experiences, presenting a chance for your child to work through difficult times and persevere. They will have to research how to become better at their hobby and they will also have to learn through trial and error.
Encourage Growth Mindset
As they get better, they will realize the intrinsic reward of persistent effort and patience, developing a growth mindset. Adopting a growth mindset, as opposed to a fixed mindset, predicts being more open to trying unfamiliar academic and extracurricular endeavors later on, and investing high amounts of effort in those new experiences rather than just coasting on what comes easily. Growth mindset aims to represent intelligence and personal qualities as being capable of change and growth, as opposed to being stuck one way– or fixed. Students who develop a growth mindset are less likely to quit something at the first sign of being challenged by an unfamiliar task. This can yield great gains academically when students persevere through an accelerated class, or seek helpful resources when they perform worse than expected on an exam rather than feeling personally defeated or essentially flawed.
Hobbies are a great way to build your child’s self esteem and confidence, which is something that many children are battling with in school. A hobby creates a sense of purpose and it will feel great to your child to be good at something! Not to mention, hobbies are a great way to meet new, like-minded friends. This is an awesome chance for your child to meet and socialize with other children that are not students at their current school. Meeting other children through these extracurricular activities will broaden their experiences, exposure to new demographics and cultures, and ultimately, worldview.