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Guidelines in Choosing the Right Summer Opportunities for Your Child — Tip #1

Top 10 topics to discuss when choosing the right summer opportunity for your child starts now with tip# 1

Passing on your values, teaching how to be a good winner and not a sore loser, and helping learn how to navigate social relationships and friendships are just a few of these critical moments shared with our children. 

Another is choosing the right summer opportunity for your child. Although the snow is currently on the ground, summer will be here before we know it. There are many questions that must be asked as you review the many diverse summer experiences available for your child. Will my child make friends? What happens if my child does not want to participate in a specific activity? How will it be handled when he is disappointed in his athletic performance? What will happen if my child can’t pass the swim test? Will my child be safe? 

Be sure to choose a program that aligns with your values and meets your families’ financial, programmatic, and emotional needs. Make it a priority to meet the director, an open and honest communication is a key component to success. Share both your concerns and your expectations, inviting dialogue from the director in order to decide together if the program is the right fit. As you research summer camp opportunities there are 10 important topics that should be considered before making any program choice. I will blog daily for the next several days-each day sharing one topic tip.   

Topic Tip # 1:

Enrollment Options- What is the length of the program offered? Is there flexibility? What is the length of the day? Is transportation available? Ask and understand why the programs being offered have been designed at any particular length. 

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