When your child enters middle school, or prepares to enter middle school, you may have to reconsider after school activities, after school care, and other activities. Is your tween ready to stay home alone? Has he burned out from competitive sports? Does he require constant, or occasional supervision? Here's your guide to after school activities and the tween years.
If you're considering after school activities in order to keep your tween busy while you're at work, you may want to consider the possibility that your child is ready to stay home alone. Tweens may be ready for time home alone for an hour or two a day, or everyday, depending of course on maturity level, behavior, and your level of comfort. If you think your child is ready to try an hour or two home alone, be sure you prepare him for the responsibility of staying home alone, and set limits on what he can and can't do, whether or not visitors are allowed, and what you expect him to do while he's on his own.
Be Prepared for ChangeIn middle school your child may have access to after school activities that didn't exist in elementary school. For example, it may be in middle school when your child is first exposed to clubs, such as drama clubs, or other activities such as band, guitar club, etc. Don't be surprised if your tween decides to try something new and no longer wishes to continue with an activity that he's participated in for years. Trying a new activity is a sign that your tween is growing up, and is trying to figure out who he is. Support him as he explores new things, and stay involved in his interests.
jobs your child might be able to find in your neighborhood or community.