What will your kids be doing this summer?

What will your kids be doing this summer? (Courtesy of MorgueFile / June 5, 2013)

Schools aren’t out yet, but it feels like summer vacation has already started. The homework assignments have tapered off and my kids are spending more time with friends and playing video games. But for parents, summer vacation is never really a rest. One blogger even wrote recently that he believes parents hate summer vacation.
 
Many working parents have to cobble together camps, vacations and the goodness of friends and family to help them care for the kids during the summer. As a college professor, I’m more fortunate than most. I’m off during the summer, so I don’t have to worry about what the kids are doing while I’m at work.
I’m glad that I won’t have to get up early, pack their lunches, and nag them about homework. But summer vacation carries its own worries. With more time on their hands, what trouble will the kids get into? And even though I’ve signed them up for a few camps and events, I worry their minds and bodies will turn into blobs I’ll have to scrape off the sofa come late August.
Be honest, do you really want your tweens and teens hanging around the house all day? Are you looking forward to vacation?
Liz Atwood is a former Baltimore Sun features editor who teaches journalism at Hood College. She is the mother of two sons, ages 12 and 16.
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