As schools begin to creep up to the finish line, children are
starting to grow eager for summertime. For all the parents who are
stressing about what activities will keep their children both busy
and happy during those unbearably hot months; have no fear because
Ironwood Library is here.
In an earlier column I described the national physical activity
guidelines for youth. In brief, the guidelines recommend 60 minutes
of physical activity each day for children and teens. The
guidelines also indicated that youth should not be inactive for
long periods of time during their waking hours (more than two hours
at a time).
Most camps offer arts and crafts, nature walks and canoeing, but
only one lets kids get up close and personal with their favorite
wildlife; Camp Zoo at the Phoenix Zoo, which opens up again this
As the rush begins to plan for summer activities, you may find
yourself looking into summer camp. You'll find a variety of summer
camp options; part or full day; overnight or weekly, multi-activity
or activity specific. For school-aged children there are many
options and you may benefit from researching all of the
opportunities based on the needs of your child. Because children
develop at different rates, it is difficult to make a decision
based on age or grade. There are extended camp choices available to
children age 7 or older, however, you may want to evaluate if your
7 year old is ready to be away from home in an unfamiliar setting
with people they don't know.
I always laugh when a student asks, "Why should I try hard in
school? If this was a job, and I got paid, that would be different.
But I don't get paid to do all this work and I can't be fired, so
what's the point?"