My kids think that I’m the meanest parent alive because I make them spend an hour or two doing schoolwork most days during the summer break. And I’m ok with that. Some parents also think that it’s ridiculous that I make my kids work on schoolwork and read actual books. I think it’s really important that kids keep learning and keep their momentum going.
Summer break is usually 8-12 weeks and that’s a long time for kids. It’s easy for them to lose all the good study habits and the work ethic that we enforce during the school year. And when kids don’t have structured time to learn, it takes them weeks to get back into a good routine when they go back to school. We can still go on family road trips together and have fun.
Still Enjoying Summer
That doesn’t mean that they don’t get to play and be kids. They go camping for several weeks during the summer and we try to get in at least one family vacation even if it’s just a day trip locally. They do get time to do nothing and to play outside or go to the pool. But I don’t want my kids playing video games or on the computer for hours and hours each day.
So I’ll happily accept the title of Meanest Parent Ever for telling my kids they need to spend a couple of hours doing homework. After they can go outside and play with their friends or ride their bikes to tennis camp or volleyball camp. I want my kids to grow up valuing education and learning how to work hard. I use my cell phone spy on them to keep them safe.
If you want your kids to keep learning over the summer you can find fantastic resources for lessons at online homeschool sites like Khan Academy. There are lesson plans, study materials, and advice on how to get your kids in a productive study routine. Everything you need to keep your kids learning all summer is there.
And you can easily connect with homeschool families who keep their kids learning all year long too and get some great advice. There are plenty of resources online for parents that want to help their kids keep learning throughout the summer to get them ready for the new school year. Check out my last post the Avengers Infinity War.