Don’t forget to have both indoor and outdoor options so you can flex with the weather. Turn to the Family Fun Guide for a calendar of events and activites; visit atlantaparent.com on a regular basis for things to do on any given day. Even a trip to the party store to buy zany masks to decorate for an at-home craft can make a difference, Neal points out. “Sometimes the simplest things are the coolest,” she says. Having a plan for fun ensures that you won’t be stuck at home wondering what to do.
The Life Skills Drill School is for learning the three R’s. Home is where our children should be mastering life skills that enable them to navigate the everyday world. Starting with the basics such as cleaning a bathroom and then progressing in their tween and teen years to such skills as balancing a checkbook and changing the oil on a car. Haas has made skill development a priority for her boys’ summers. “Every summer since they were 10 they have learned a new skill that will help them when they own their own home or manage their homes. Some years it has been painting, placing sidewalk pavers, basic construction, and even sewing,” she explains. “I’d watch their life and think, what are they old enough to do? Or, what am I tired of doing for them?” Choose one or two new skills you believe your child is ready to master. Then create a plan. How often will they practice the new skill – once a week, once a month, or repetitively for a short time during the course of a single longer project? Who will teach them the skill and how will the child demonstrate he has mastered it? c
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June 2013 Atlanta Parent 51