Let’s see by a raise of hands who would want to have your kids participate in FREE activities? Then let’s see those that would like to pay a couple hundred dollars for them to participate?
It sounds like a no brainer, but when you have older kids unfortunately the FREE stuff goes out the door. Today as I was driving around I saw the banners going up at the local churches for VBS. When my kids were little we used to VBS hop in the summer. It was FREE and it gave me some free time as well.
Now I have 2 high schoolers. Oh my word…I have to high schoolers!! That thought is still settling in. Anyways, the FREE movies that play at the theater are pretty much out. VBS is out, since the last year you can participate is 5th or 6th grade, and the free craft days at the library or Home Depot are also out.
What do you do when you have older kids? Well you pay for activities. Hear me out. Not just any activities, but activities that will benefit them now and in the future.
During the whole month of July my kids will both participate in a camp that goes for 4 hours every morning. Yep, it’s even in the morning. My kids won’t complain, they will jump out of bed with full enthusiasm. What I have learned from this camp is my kids are learning what it’s like to live a life full of activity. They both love to exercise. Even when there is not a sport happening, they like to keep on training.
To me this is Money 4 This, or money well spent. This whole thought process is something their generation is really missing out on. They are learning valuable life skills of a healthy life.
I think some parents put their kids into any camp in the summer and plunk down the money, because they don’t have time or they have to work. I think if this is what you have to do, just make sure it’s promoting something you think is valuable and something the kids will love.
It’s ok to pay for activities, unfortunately every FREE activity might not work for you or for your child. The reason why I save so much in other areas is so I can afford camps like this. This Works for Me and my family.
What about you? Are you willing to spend money on summer activities for your kids? Or better yet, what FREE things do you do with your high school kids?