After a busy school year filled with early mornings, homework, soccer practices and the list goes on and on, it’s nice to let loose during the summer. Kick back. Sleep in. Be lazy …
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Creating a family summer contract
- Brainstorm what each family member would like to achieve this summer, individually or together. (Ideas can be everything from reading 20 minutes every day to eating more fruits and vegetables to learning to play tennis.) Not only are goals a good idea for kids, but parents also can come up with a goal for the summer.
- Narrow down your goals and keep them specific, measurable, achievable and time bound.
- Describe your starting point — where you are now vs. where you want to be by the end of the summer. For a sample contract and more information about staying on track during the summer months, go to www.strong4life.com.
- Don’t try to do too much too fast. (If you want your children to eat five fruits and vegetables each day and they are currently eating just one, start by adding one more and gradually add more.)
- Make an action plan to reach your goals over time.
- Decide how you’ll track progress (weekly meetings, a tally sheet, etc.).
- Think about rewards. For smaller children, weekly rewards such as stickers can be good. For older kids, consider one larger reward such as Six Flags tickets or going bowling or whatever can motivate your child.
Source: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta