Help! I’m bored this summer.
Is the summer break dragging by slowly for your high school kid? Is boredom setting in? Don’t let them waste the summer. Here are a few tips to keep them on track for the summer and help develop their high school “resume”:
· Volunteer – have them get started on those important volunteer hours. Help them narrow the volunteer options to a cause they believe in.
· Encourage them to develop a healthy lifestyle – staying active, eating healthy foods, getting plenty of sleep. Limit their TV, computer and video game time.
· Get them to the library. Help them find a book/author/topic they enjoy. Teach them how to enjoy reading for fun. Set up a daily time that they must sit down and read.
· Consider job shadowing opportunities. Can your child go with you to work for a day? What about a neighbor?
· Have them get a job and earn money - even if it’s only for a few hours. Consider babysitting, pet sitting, watering plants, getting mail, etc.
· Have them tutor a younger student – it looks great on a college application and the younger student benefits too.
· If they are a senior have them start researching colleges and the application process. Develop some basic essay information – many colleges ask the same questions and you can prepare ahead.
· Teach them how to cook and prepare a meal.
Janet Eggenberger is the mother of three - 2 college girls and a high school boy. Janet is a member of the admissions team at a private college in Illinois. She is a contributing blogger for EleMental Learning Tutoring.