How parents can take control of summer break

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Every year, parents look forward to summer vacation as a time to relax, but that can mean unoccupied time and disorganization, Kellye Crockett, from The Barstow School, said.

"During the school year, kids have one job, and that is to be a student," she said. "That kind of revolves around them."

In the summer months, Crockett said families lose their sense of focus. To address this, Crockett has a list of tips for parents and kids on break:

  • Assign fun summer chores
  • Make theme days or weeks
  • Join a reading program
  • Co-op with other parents
  • If all else fails, throw in a camp

She said summer provides a nice break from the normal routine, and that should be embraced.

"We don't want to have the same structure and vigor that we have during the school year," she said. "We want to have some fun."

Summer reading is important, because kids can easily lose two grade levels if they go the break without any reading, she said.

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