Even before the pandemic hit, many parents were spending time and money looking for ways to keep their kids buys and educated in their down time. Now that schooling from home is done for the summer, some parents are feeling pressure to keep their kids actively engaged and learning.
A recent survey from the New York Times found that 64 percent of parents of teenagers feel it's more important to do parent-led activities with their kids this summer than in summers past.
They cite an example of one 13-year-old who gets up at 6:30 every morning to read and practice piano. She sometimes participates in virtual activities like online camps, book clubs, cooking classes, and math classes.
There is of course nothing wrong with higher learning and education, but with a pandemic crippling the world right now, maybe this is an okay time to let things relax a little bit. Maybe let your kids enjoy some down time to be kids and enjoy some quality time with them. You could teach them some new skills around the house, or work on projects together, or just talk to them about real-world life stuff that you can't necessarily learn in a classroom (let alone a virtual classroom).
Our pal Justin Worsham joined us this afternoon to discuss this topic, and told us what he's been doing with his kids lately. Listen below!