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Wellness Tips

Summer is Coming to La Lumiere!

The trees are blooming, the skies are blue, and the seniors are restless. That’s a sure sign that summertime is on its way to La Lumiere School! Soon enough, our bustling campus will become still and quiet with the conclusion of graduation.

Summer is a wonderful time of year for taking family trips, relaxing, and creating unique adventures for our kids. But it can also mean teens sleeping in late, refusing to disconnect from their electronic devices, or just acting sullen as they get bored on long, hot days with little structure. It can be difficult for us as parents to understand the best way to balance our kids’ need for leisure time or “down time” with structure and enrichment. I think if my son had his way, he would spend eight weeks in his room playing with his pets and video games and sleeping late. While I don’t blame him for wanting down time, I don’t think that it’s the best plan for an energetic 15-year-old all the time.

Here are some ideas as summer approaches:

  • Create new summertime technology rules. Many teens will use every spare moment playing games, socializing, or streaming shows on their phone or tablet. Consider having your teens earn “tech time” by completing a job, taking a class, creating a project, or doing chores around the house.
  • Create a chore chart for the summer that outlines consistent chores to be done around the house every week. Hang it on the wall and tell the kids that you expect them to complete their jobs by each Sunday. If they’re not completed, they lose technology time.
  • Encourage older teens to begin job hunting. Keep in mind that youth summer unemployment is at its highest point since 1999. If employment is tough to find, encourage your teen to babysit, tutor, teach a sport to a younger child, or do lawn care in your neighborhood.
  • Prioritize family time. Consider taking a trip, if possible, or setting aside one night per week to spend time as a family.

Marje Monroe
Director of Wellness