Cognitive & Academic Peformance

Tween Summer Plans: Structure or Free Range?

18 May 2018

Tween Summer Plans: Structure or Free Range?

Posted in Social & Emotional Learning, Health & Safety, Cognitive & Academic Peformance

Dr. Orson Morrison, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist

For many Oak Park-River Forest area families, the end of the school year is quickly approaching. As a parent myself, I’m all too familiar with the mad rush we experience in planning our children’s summer activities, particularly since high-demand programs fill up so quickly. While the younger children seem content with structured sports, arts, music, and STEM programming through various organizations like the Park Districts or Oak Park Education Foundation Base Camp, parents often get push back from tweens and older teens who are “over” structured summer camps. What’s a parent to do?

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