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5 Ways to Help Keep Your Teen Active this Summer

5 Ways to Help Keep Your Teen Active this Summer

Summer is finally here! As the three months break from school grows closer, you may be wondering how you can ensure that your teen will stay safe over the summer. This transition can give your teen a lot of extra time in their schedule to fill and more freedom then they have during the school year.

Keeping your teen active is one of the best ways that you can make sure that your teen is safe over the summer. By filling their schedule, you lower the risk of them trying something dangerous, like drinking underage with their friends, because they’re bored. To help get you started, we have six ways you can keep your teen active all summer long:

1. Hire a college student

If you’re the parent of a young teen or tween, it’s likely they aren’t ready to stay home all day alone. And in summer months, returning college students are usually anxious to find summer jobs.

By hiring a trustworthy student, your tween is safe and supervised for the summer. You’re also providing your tween with the chance to have a role model to look up to throughout the summer.

2. Sign them up for teams and summer sports

Some of my favorite memories were made on the community swim team that my town had while I was growing up. Every summer my parents would sign me up for the whole summer. Each morning they’d drop me off at our community pool before work and they’d pick me up around noon when practice was over. Through the program, I not only learned how to swim but I also got to burn off my extra energy and make great friends. So, find out what teams your local community will be offering in these coming months.

3. Plan trips and downtime together

Take some time this summer to plan a trip with your teen. Go to the beach or plan a road trip to one of your favorite cities. This can give the two of you some great time together and give your teen something to look forward to.

If you’re not able to do a huge getaway, consider doing something at home. It doesn’t have to be anything too special. Make a stay-cation list and see all the sites in your city, or try some of the new restaurants in your town. Whatever you do together can be special, no matter where you are.

4. Coordinate volunteer opportunities

Another great way your teen can spend their summer by volunteering. There are a lot of ways you can make this a fun experience for your teen too!

If your teen loves animals, you might see if they can sign up to spend their afternoons walking dogs at the local human society. If they love visiting with people, you can set them up to volunteer at an assisted living facility or a local food pantry.

5. Encourage them to get a job

If your teen is hoping to make some extra money this summer, then a job is a great way for them to do that and stay busy. A lot of businesses tend to hire extra staff to be on hand for the summer months. Oftentimes, there are a lot of opportunities your teen can take advantage of in your community for a summer job

They can be a lifeguard at a community pool, serve ice cream at a local stand, or work for a lawn care company in town.

Summer can be a wonderful time of year for your teen. It gives them a chance to relax and realign their focus before next school year. It’s also a great time for parents to begin important conversations. Make a point this summer to sit down and talk with your teen about the choices that they’ll be making while they’re out of school. Remind them of your expectations of their behavior this summer. And the consequences that can come from their decisions, especially when it comes to underage drinking.

Kaitlyn Inman