When I was a kid, summer meant playing lots of basketball with neighborhood friends, visiting family in other parts of the country, or getting involved in numerous activities like camps and community service projects. But, it also meant fighting boredom in all of its devious shapes and sizes. Despite all of the technological advancements that have been made since we were kids, boredom still remains a challenge. Those two words, “I’m bored,” should strike fear into any parent.
We know we don’t need to inform you but summer is just around the corner, and if you are planning on staying in the Jing this summer, there are plenty of options fun things your child should do, but it’s a very good idea to stay informed and not act too late.
This issue is also full of helpful tips including how unaccompanied minors can travel internationally from Beijing, as well as the importance of pushing your kids to find internships during the summer. We also have three pages of exciting summer camp listings going on in June, July, and August.
For our cover feature, we find out how some parents are sending their kids to camps or having them participate in clubs so that they will reconnect with the culture and language of their native country. We also talk with the masters of being prepared, our local Boy and Girl Scout troops in Beijing. These youth-oriented groups are still going strong and offer a bunch of great wholesome activities for kids in this city to learn leadership, problem-solving, and other life skills that are core components to these scouting curricula.
This issue is our way of letting you know that summer and all of its delicious unstructured time free of strenuous academic pursuits is just around the corner. Whether you want to build your child’s skillsets and prevent the summer slide or give them a much-needed break from the obvious pressures that come from being enrolled in one of the many challenging international curricula here in Beijing, here you can find a bit of everything to make this process a bit more manageable.
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This article appeared on p5 of beijingkids April 2018 issue.