Yes, another school year’s over. The graduations are over. Where did the time go?
It’s time to focus on the future and how the summer time will be spent. Kids will have endless idle hours on their hands. What to do, where to go?
That simple problem could become a major concern.
The families with both parents working and young children are faced with full time day-care concerns.
Others will have different kinds of anxiety. Like their kids out joy riding or spending too much time with the girl or boy friend, or a host of additional reasons to be concerned.
And then there are those that are distressed that their bored juveniles will be roaming the streets at all hours of the night looking to have some innocent fun. Maybe even cause some mischief.
Then again, you might not have any of these problems. You might be the fortune parent of a child or children that are going to work for the summer to save up for college, or their first car. That’s another problem.
In either case, the kids need something to do during the summer months. Vacation camp, summer jobs, farm chores, volunteering or long term visiting with relatives in other cities or states are some of the choices.
It’s bad enough to have the kids tell you during the school year that they are bored and there’s nothing to do. And unless you can plan something for them, you are going to hear it daily.
If you have the opportunity, you might peruse the two pages in this issue (9-10) with the summer camps listed. Most all kids enjoy summer camps and it gives the children a chance to grow.
There are summer exchange programs also available and the local schools have summer programs.
I guess what I’m trying to say is for the parents to take some time and plan something for their children. I know that many parents are already doing that.
The kids are our future. We need to think of them not only during the academic year, but the entire year.
I’m trying to drive this home because of the incident we experienced. A 15 and 16 year old were out vandalizing the community at 4:00a.m. Did the parents know where their kids were at that hour of the morning? I don’t want to be reading many more stories like that during the summer.
The Seymour Community Park is just in the process of starting work on the master plan to build a community center building, lots of game areas and a focal point for the kids. But that won’t be ready until next year. There is also talk of a local kid’s nightclub opening in the Seymour area which will give kids something to do in the evenings. What do you think of a Seymour kid’s nightclub.
I know that sometimes no matter what the parents try to do to keep their kid(s) occupied, it doesn’t work out. The saying I keep remembering when things don’t work out for me is simple – “The carpenter doesn’t throw away all his nails just because one bent”. Now what that says to me, it that you should never give up.
I can’t think of anything better to put effort into besides our future – the kids.
If you want to, let me know how you’ve been able to handle summer vacations.

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