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Monday, May 9, 2016

Summer 2016

Yes, summer is certainly encroaching upon us; the last cool days are likely leaving the Phoenix metro area. And children will be leaving school shortly, but parents still have to work and yes, the teachers work quite a lot over the summer too. Their schedule is just a bit more flexible.

But what you are going to do this summer? Do you have plans to travel anywhere, even if for a short time? What are your children going to do this summer? I advocate spending as much family time together as possible, with it being good quality time. Ditch the phones, TVs, and video games, and take a day trip up north where we do have cooler temperatures. Enroll your kids in activities that will enrich their development and stimulate their brains to build new pathways. Be wary, however, of enrolling them in too many. They need to be at home, with family (if not parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, or older siblings), relaxing and taking it easy. (which does not involve constant phones etc). We need break from all our technology. It's convenient and can be very stimulating, addicting even, but it doesn't generally help us grow as person. So find enjoyment outside that. I wish you and your children a lovely, fulfilling summertime. Listen to "Summertime" by George Gershwin, one of the great contemporary American composers.