JULY ASSET BUILDING CHALLENGE

The summer is the perfect time for kids to get involved in a sport, start a hobby or participate in anything creative. School is out, homework is no longer their first priority and the weather is flawless. Here are 10 quick ideas or tips that can help build both of these assets during July and August.

1.      Hand down a hobby. Teach a young person a skill, such as quilting, carpentry or gardening.

The summer is the perfect time for kids to get involved in a sport, start a hobby or participate in anything creative. School is out, homework is no longer their first priority and the weather is flawless. Here are 10 quick ideas or tips that can help build both of these assets during July and August.

1.      Hand down a hobby. Teach a young person a skill, such as quilting, carpentry or gardening.

2.      Help your children at every age to find positive outlets for their creative energy. This might include classes of their interest, crafts, physical activities, drama, or more.

3.      If you played an instrument when you were younger, take a refresher course and have your child join or play a different instrument. Set a good example and practice often. Join a choir, try out for a play, pick up a paintbrush or write poems together. Share your excitement with the kids.

4.      Let your child participate in helping fix the car, paint the living room, or wash the car.

5.      Go to the local pool and make up a swimming game.

6.      Help your child get his/her friends together for a pick-up softball or basketball game.

7.      Scouts and other youth groups are great places for young people to build strong, supportive relationships. Explore youth group opportunities.

8.      Give your children options of what they might like to participate in this summer. That way, they have ownership of their decisions and activities.

9.      Suggest that your kids join a local organization for the summer as a counselor or mentor for children.

10.   Encourage your teens to be involved in some out-of-school programs or activities. If they aren’t interested in options at school, help them identify and research opportunities in the community. Carefully chosen part-time jobs or volunteer situations can also be worthwhile endeavors for teens.

11. Enroll your child in a summer camp, swim lessons or even try rock climbing! The more new experiences with new friends and mentors, the better!