发布者：ISA Science City爱莎科学城
After an unpredictable year, the summer holidays are finally here! It is a time when teachers take a moment to catch their breath, school leaders start preparing for the next year, our students suddenly have much more freedom in their days and parents start looking for ways to occupy their children’s time.
Families may feel pressure to continue to keep their children’s days full of activities and formal learning. Maybe to try to “get ahead” or simply to ensure that there can be no complaints of boredom. There is no single answer for what will suit your family best but here are some suggestions that can help make this holiday fun, relaxing and still full of growth.
# Set limits for screen time
At increasingly young ages the screen is being used as a nanny for children, advances in technology and falling costs mean teenagers often seem permanently tied to their devices. At home you are the boss and constant access to the internet and devices are not healthy for anyone! Set boundaries for when, where and for how long devices can be used for.
# Be together
Our time with our family is the most precious time and a place where very important learning occurs; how we take care of each other. The holiday gives us time and space to focus on each other. Whether it is doing household chores, taking on a family project or going to see other members of the community, these everyday activities are rich sites of learning and growth. Strengthening and building our relationships gives us all more resilience and happiness to face future challenges.
# Do not be afraid of boredom
It is said that the only true motivation is self-motivation, and the summer holidays are a time when our children can start to look for that themselves. After relaxing there will come a time when you hear the dreaded words “I’m bored, what are we going to do?”. Do not panic! Depending on their age you may suggest options, or you might ask them to think about what they can do for themselves (remembering that time on devices cannot always be their answer!).
What memories do you have of summer holidays, and do you have anything you would like to share with us about your plans are with your children during the holidays? ISASC wants to continue to build a stronger community and we would love to hear from you.