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Saturday, May 13, 2006

10 Ways to Empower Your Kids this Summer

Here are ten ways to empower your kids this summer.

Ask them to:

Create a summer schedule that includes their interests and responsibilities;

Give them a calendar to organize possible outings and “must-do” activities;

Choose one extra weekly responsibility during the summer;

Share their ideas for family vacations;

Think of a way they’d like to volunteer or serve others;

Help you on your errands – grocery shopping, post office, etc. Find a way for them to have meaningful participation;

Prepare one or two lunches per week. (Perfect for picnic days;)

Organize a garage sale and manage it — and decide where the proceeds go (shopping spree, trip jar, charity, etc.;)

Plan for spending. How much will they have for purchases and special activities? Should they save for an upcoming trip?

Set a summer reading goal and keep track of progress. They can suggest an end-of-summer reward for reaching the goal;

Remind you every day — to PLAY!

Copyright 2006 Kelly Curtis. This article is available free for reprint. Just include the copyright line as well as the website address, and send us a copy of the reprinted article. To sign up for periodic Empowering Youth newsletters, please click here.


  • great suggestions. My kids are older now - daughter is working as a youth counselor at a YMCA summer camp and son is going to Army Boot Camp - I think they'll be pretty busy ;-)

    BTW - welcome to the list of AW bloggers!

    By Blogger Dawno, At 7:41 AM  

  • Thanks for posting dawno! Sounds like your kids are busy;)

    By Blogger Pass The Torch, At 10:29 PM  

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