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What’s your summer parenting style?

Should summer break be about R&R, hitting the books, or something in between? Identify your summer style – and how you can make it work to your kids’ advantage.

By Jacquie Goetz Bluethmann

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What’s your summer style?

School’s out! Go ahead, take a deep breath and bask in the glow of another school year completed. But then what? As summer kicks in — and you find yourself juggling childcare, financial, academic, and entertainment concerns — which of these four summer parenting styles will you follow in the weeks between now and the first day of school?

#1 Laid-back: My kids work harder during the school year than I do — they need R&R!
#2 Learning light: If my kids don’t read on their own, I’ll give ‘em a little nudge.
#3 Work hard, play hard: An equal balance between learning and lounging is the goal.
#4 Work, work, work: Summer is the best time to get ahead — period.

Jacquie Goetz Bluethmann is a freelance writer based in Detroit. She has written for  children's health and parenting magazines and blogs about both topics at Mom meets baby.

Comments from readers

"I am type #2, learning light. We read every day, and do math worksheets twice a week. The kids also practice their foreign language with their dad, and my son practices piano. Obviously, there are days when we are too busy to do any work, and that's fine. Summer is for relaxing, with a little bit of work thrown in so the kids won't be starting from scratch in the Fall (I've seen how much math they really do forget in just a few weeks!) "
"I'm a number #3 for parent summer style "
"about a month ago i sign up for a program on line for the kids.i dont remember the name. it was 999 and $2.00 for each add child. i got it o your site. i can not log on because i can not remember can u all help? "
"I am a #3. I try to keep the days leisurely, but add in reading daily for 20 mins., I sit and read too. I try to add math several times a week, sometimes with worksheets and incorporating math into daily activities. We try to include learning in our daily living and make not seem like a chore "
"I have a schedule for them but I need to know how to make it on the computer. I'm not handy that way. Any ideas besides and xcel spreadsheet? "