How to manage kids for the summer

@TriciaW (2441)
United States
May 21, 2007 9:54am CST
This is our first full summer of the girls being home and me working at home in a small town. There is no pool here. There are no activities for the girls to do in town. I refuse to let them lay around all day and watch tv but I have to be able to work at home too. I started a chores list and schedule for that but not sure how to schedue their summer activities and keep me working and them out of trouble. They are 14 and 12 and this summer they both have birthdays. I need activities that will keep them going through the summer. Any suggestions would be great!
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• China
22 May 07
They should own a significative summer holiday. Maybe they can do a part-time job or help you do the chores.Children must take exercise from childhood.Allowing them to prepare a birthday party.Believe them and I think they will try their best to do that. And this activity can add their sister friendship. Hoping these can help you.
• United States
22 May 07
The only think that i can think of is a summer hobby or project, do they like building or crafting. You could let them craft things that they like or want, or you could start a building project. They could get summer jobs around the small town too, if they like doing that sort of thing. I know that little girls love to paint nails and like to play with puppies, you could have them make little signs for nail paintins or dog walking/dogsitting services around town. If they don't like doing that I suggest maybe having them help you with work if they can, or just giving them sweet small tasks to do during the day.
@tsgirl01 (900)
• United States
22 May 07
Hi TriciaW, what I thought of is camp. Perhaps you can look for some inexpensive day camps to send the girls to? When I was a kid we went to day camp every summer. The bus picked us up at our home and off we went to the pool daily, hiking, trips, boating, arts and crafts and on and on. We had a wonderful time. Day camp is one of my fondest childhood memories. Take care...
@gapeach65 (805)
• United States
21 May 07
With your girls being older, the usual games may not occupy them, do you have a library near by, or somewhere where maybe they could do some volunteer work, it would keep them busy and earn a sense of responsibility. For their birthdays, you could try a treasure hunt/scavenger hunt, give them a list of things to find, a bag to put them in, they could work alone or in teams, my daughter went to one at a birthday party (when she was 15) where the parents bought camera's for the kids to take pictures of some things they found, or places they had to have a picture of themselves standing at.
@wachit14 (3600)
• United States
21 May 07
Find out if your town has any organized programs for kids that age. Also, check their schools to see if they have any organized programs as well for the summer. If not, then maybe they can get some little jobs like mother's helpers or dog walkers. I didn't go to summer camp when I was a kid so when I turned thirteen I began doing these little jobs to keep me busy and make some money and the summer flew by as a result.
@kgs_mommy (260)
• United States
21 May 07
Do you have a backyard? We're buying a house in a month or so, and I'm so excited to do things with my daughter this summer! Here are a few ideas for ya! Have them start their own garden! They pick what they want in it, plant it, and take care of it all by themselves! Maybe have them plant veggies! They'll be very proud when you use THEIR tomato in dinner! How about a lemonade stand! It'll keep them busy AND teach them some business aspects! Let them paint their room! Buy some paint and let them to a mural or something fun on their walls! After all, it's just paint! You can easily cover it if you need to later! Let them help you cook dinner! Not only will they be staying busy while you cook, it might take less time! Have them make their own movie! Collect props, costumes, and etc. Have them come up with a storyline, then videotape their own movie! Then you can have a 'movie night' with popcorn and watch it as a family! Hope that helps! Let us know how it all goes!
• United States
21 May 07
Do you have a 4H club or sports team they could join? I would also invest in some outside equipment. Softball gloves and bats, tennis rackets and a net or a basketball hoop maybe? I live in a suburb so finding things to do isn't too hard for us, but we don't have lots of extra money so I try to have people over, or go to parks or a mall. I try to set up lots of activities so that my oldest doesn't sit around with TV all day. I also have an at hom reading program for her to earn prizes with if she reads a certain amount of time. Good luck and I wish I had more suggestions for you.
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
21 May 07
Check with your school and see if they have a playground program. In our town, they hire high school kids to go to the school playground and provide activities for the kids. It is a free program. Also, check with your local college(if you have one), they might have a kids college program. If you need to have them home, plan on getting some fun things that they can use outside~ maybe rollerblades?
@mamasan34 (6521)
• United States
21 May 07
I lived on a very large property in the middle of nowhere! I know what you are going through. I went to walmart to the sporting goods section and they had several different types of outdoor games that were moderately priced. I found a badminton net for less than $20 and you could also use it for volleyball too. Horsehoes, and all kinds of games they can play and this is great for birthday parties to! We used it for my daughters party as well. I also got a slip and slide too, they had a blast on that for hours. Hope these help ya!