At the end of the school year, a parent's attention turns to the age-old game called "how do I keep Junior occupied with constructive, fun activities for the next three months?" I understand your pain. As the father of age 4 and 7 daughters, we're always trying to come up with educational ideas for our girls during the summer months. Here are a few:
Trips to the grocery store are a wonderful time to teach money management. I know, some of you are thinking I must not do the shopping. Well, sometimes I do, and I bring my children. The grocery store is a hands-on financial planning exercise. We make choices between products, and talk about sales, buy one get on free, generic items, and why some packaging looks great. Best of all, it's a great place to teach children that they can't have everything, especially in the gauntlet. By gauntlet, I mean the check out aisle. In case you are wondering, the answer is yes; your children will still want everything, but at least they're learning.
Summertime is a great opportunity to bond with children and teach some great skills that are, unfortunately, often overlooked in the classroom. Plus, if you plan it right, you might end up having some fun yourself!