Keep your preteen having fun, out of trouble, and busy this summer.
By Jennifer O'Donnell, About.com Guide
- Summer Camp 101
- Summer Fun and Travel
- Summer Learning and Retention
- Summer Jobs and Responsibilities
- Summer Safety
Summer Camp 101
For many children, summer fun equals summer camp. And why not? At camp children can learn new skills, make new friends, go places they've never been before, and become a little more self-reliant. Plus, it's just fun. Below is your guide on finding the right camp for your child, dealing with homesickness, and cutting the cost of summer camp.
- How to Find a Great Summer Camp
- The Benefits of Day Camp
- Camp Programs - What to Know
- The Benefits of Overnight Camp
- Cut the Cost of Summer Camp
- Prevent Summer Camp Homesickness
- What to Pack for Summer Camp
- Share Your Summer Camp Memories
- How Did You Prepare Your Child for Overnight Camp?
Summer Fun and Travel
Summer fun is all about travel and adventure. Take advantage of the weather and time together to go someplace new, even if it's in your hometown. And if you're traveling out-of-town, be sure you're prepared and have plenty of travel activities to keep your tween busy. Most of all, enjoy your trip and make lots of lasting memories.
- Get Ready for Summer, Now!
- Free Things to Do This Summer
- How to Avoid a Bummer Summer
- Boredom Busters Tweens Should Know
- Plan a Kid Friendly Vacation
- Fun Car Activities for Tweens
- What are Your Favorite Car Activities for Tweens?
- Craft Supplies for Summer Fun
- Summer Fun for Parents and Tweens
- Summer Fun for Bored Tweens
- Outdoor Activities for Kids
- What to Pack in Your Tween's Carry On Bag
- Enjoy Your Family Staycation - Here's How
- Share Your Family's Favorite Summer Tradition
- Review of The Daring Book for Girls
- Review of The Double-Daring Book for Girls
- Share Your Best Vacation Memories
Summer Learning and Retention
A long summer vacation can impact your child's education, but there are ways to keep your preteen from forgetting all he learned over the school year. In fact, there are ways to help your tween retain valuable skills and school lessons, while boosting reading and writing comprehension. And they're fun, to boot. Be sure your family's summer fun includes a little reading, writing and review. You'll be glad you did when school starts up again.
- Summer Retention - So They Don't Forget
- Help Your Tween Through Summer School
- How Do You Encourage Summer Learning?
Summer Jobs and Responsibilities
Preteens shouldn't get a free ride all summer. Summertime is the perfect opportunity to help your child develop new skills, and take on a little more responsibility. You can begin by writing a chore contract with your child, indicating his responsibilities at home. But your child may also be ready to begin working and earning a little spending money. Here's what you need to know.
- What Kids Learn From Running a Lemonade Stand
- Fun Jobs for Kids
- Find a Job for Your Tween
- How to Be a Mother's Helper
- Is Your Tween Ready to Babysit?
- Babysitting 101
- What Was Your First Job?
- Chores and Summer Vacation
- How to Write a Chore Contract
- Summer Rules for Kids
You want them to have fun, you also want to keep them safe. Below are a few considerations every parent should think about to keep the summer fun and safe for their child.