We were only one week in summer break when I knew I probably made a huge error in judgement when it came to our plans. Rosie, my tween, scoffed at every camp that was presented to her in the spring (in her defense, lots of them sounded really boring or for younger kids). I signed her up for the three camps she wanted to attend and then thought the rest of the time could be spent hanging out with friends or at the pool. Since she dances five days a week, I thought she’d have plenty to do. I was wrong.
The first week, it rained every single day. And, to top it off it happened to be the one-week hiatus from dance after recital. All Rosie wanted to do was watch TV, Instagram and text her friends. She was bored, unchallenged and a little stir-crazy. And, everything that I suggested we do, she thought was “totally lame.” I was in big trouble. (BTW, for those of you who don’t have a middle school kid, all the things they thought were cool in grade school that kept them occupied are totally out of the question when you’re almost 13).
Money is limited here at the CB home. We can’t go to the mall everyday. Or out to lunch. And, when I took a look at Rosie’s bucket list, a lot of it seemed to be costly. So, I did what any good digital age mom would do- I went on Facebook and asked my friends for suggestions. Then I decided to challenge myself to come up with things that would keep her busy during the summer that didn’t cost an arm or a leg (and that she wanted to do. That’s the biggest hurdle).
So, the Tween Summer Challenge was born.
Over the course of the next nine weeks I’ll be posting what we’re up to- even the ideas that fail miserably. My goal- to make it through the summer sane while still having an intelligent, challenged (and hopefully easy to get along with) child. And, I hope that I can help pave the way for all of you parents who are about to experience what I am- early teenage apathy with a dose of social media addiction. Long story short, it’s my mission to get my kid off the couch and technology free every day.
Please feel free to grab my button (it’s in my sidebar) and post your great ideas on your own site. Have an activity that you think my readers will love? If it’s appropriate , I’m happy to let you guest blog or link up. What I’d love is lots of great activities so it’s a summer full of fun. Won’t you join me?