A Spring Break to Remember
By Adorne Ruffin–
As a prevention specialist, I work with many middle-schoolers and this is the time of year I enthusiastically pop the big question, “Are you ready for spring break?”
You might be as surprised as I often am to learn the majority of their responses. You may not initially guess it, but most of them aren’t looking forward to a week-long celebration without the stress of test taking, mounds of homework or the frustrating tasks of improving ones grades by semester’s end.
In fact, contrary to popular opinion that all students can’t wait to be set free from school for one week my students shared with me that spring break is a very uneventful time for them. In other words (their words), “It’s boring!”
As I reminisce about my own middle school years, I had to agree with them. This time can be very unrewarding, especially if one isn’t prepared.
One reason spring break may not be as memorable for some teens is because their parents vacation schedule may not coincide with the school’s calendar. However, all is not lost! With some fore thought and planning your teenager can have a vacation to fondly remember!
Here are some suggestions of things you and your teen can plan together before spring break begins:
1. Number one. Safety first. Make sure your child has a way to immediately contact you, another trusted adult or the proper authorities in case of an emergency,
2. Secondly, if your child is old enough to be alone while you are away, make sure you set firm rules and guidelines regarding friends/visitors to your home.
3. If you work during the day, discuss and plan some activities your teen can do until you return. Allow them to share their interest and encourage them to expand their horizons beyond video games.
4. Also, plan family activities you can do together after work.