Smile Notes: No-Cost August Family Fun! by Sharon Scott, LPC LMFT
No-Cost August Family Fun!
By Sharon Scott, LPC, LMFT
“Summertime… and the living is easy’ fish are jumping’ and the cotton is high'” so goes the song. In this economic climate, however, the living may not be so easy. School won’t start for a while so make the most of the time left with your children to have at least once or twice weekly (or daily if you’re up for it!) fun, no-cost activities. It’s a great way to bond with your children, learn more about one another as well as have some laughs and lower stress.
If you live in or near a large city, there are probably museums or art galleries that have occasional free admittance days. I recently went to the Late Nite Summer Block Party at the Dallas Museum of Art and had so much fun. There was not only wonderful art but artist’s demonstrations and a live band.
I’ve always loved picnics in one’s own backyard. You don’t even have to grill sandwiches, fruit, lemonade on an old bedspread in the backyard can be loads of fun. Everyone has a role in helping to make it successful. You can look at the various shapes of the clouds or if after dark, check out the stars.
Many public libraries have reading clubs, author readings and maybe even free movie nights. The library is also a wonderful place to check out books of interest to you and your child and read together. Books can also teach skills such as cooking, camping, foreign languages, photography and care of a companion animal. Dare to learn something new with your child!
Speaking of camping’have you ever camped out on your screened-in porch or in your backyard? You might give it a try.
Nature walks in your own yard or at the park can be fun. They also can instill an appreciation of life and respecting the boundaries of other creatures. Some kids would enjoy photographing your finds for later discussion.
Have fun with your children with what’s left of the summer. As you well know, they grow up all too fast.
Copyright 2014. Condensed in part from Sharon’s award-winning book for parents and educators, Peer Pressure Reversal
No reproduction without written permission from author.
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The guide for parents/educators on how to peer-proof children and teens is Peer Pressure Reversal: An Adult Guide to Developing a Responsible Child, 2nd Ed.
Her popular book for teens, How to Say No and Keep Your Friends, 2nd Ed., empowers kids to stand out,not just fit in!
A follow-up book for teens, When to Say Yes! And Make More Friends, shows adolescents how to select and meet quality friends and, in general, feel good for doing and being good.
Sharon also has a charming series of five books for elementary-age children each teaching an important living skill and "co-authored" with her savvy cocker spaniel Nicholas who makes the learning fun.Their book on managing elementary-age peer pressure is titled Too Smart for Trouble.
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