• Managing Summer Freedom

    By Gustavo Pope-Guerriero

    Grandmaster 8th Degree Black Belt
    Director of Martial Arts @ Xtreme Tae Kwon Do

    Summer vacation has arrived and kids often see this as a time to do whatever they want. Some kids expect an endless range of fun activities with no responsibilities or academic pressures. The change in routine alone can be sufficient to throw some kids off-kilter.
    Having some amount of structure in the summer is helpful for most families. Some kids do well with less structure and are able to spend their time engaging in acceptable ways, but many others do not. Work with your child to create a list of activities that they are interested in doing. Post the schedule in a spot where family members can easily reference it. The intention is not to be overly strict or inflexible, but rather to help teach children how to manage their time effectively.

    One key point to remember is that you want your child to have time to relax over the summer without losing all sense of routine. Holding on to a reasonable structure in the summer will give him that extra help for a smooth transition when the new school year rolls around in the fall.
    Be safe and stay aware. For more information on martial arts or self-defense programs, please call 561-795-2823, email Grandmaster Pope at tkd@ultimafitness.com or stop by Ultima Fitness 12799 W. Forest Hill Boulevard.