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Keeping Your Kids Busy This Summer

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It is hard to imagine that summer is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about summer programs for your kids. - Ashley Kolniak, J. Douglas Williams YMCA in Lake Mary

It is hard to imagine that summer is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about summer programs for your kids. There is no doubt that children gain positive benefits from participating in programs over the summer, but what are those positive benefits? Why do families spend so much time looking for a summer program that will be the best fit for their child?

The Social, Intellectual, and Physical Benefits
Summer programs help children make friends outside of school and continue developing social skills, which also help them develop confidence and a positive attitude. Not only do children in summer camp grow individually, but they also grow as part of a team or group. They learn how to work with others, begin to develop leadership skills, and continue to develop listening skills.

While school is out, attending a summer program is a great way to keep a child’s brain active and continue intellectual development. Summer programs are different from learning in the classroom; rather than being told what to do, children have more choices and are able to explore new interests.

Summer programs also have physical benefits and keep kids active. These days it is more common to see a child watching television or spend screen time on a phone, tablet, or computer, and less common to see children outside participating in physical activity. 

Participating in physical activity at an early age not only lowers the risk of childhood obesity, but also decreases the risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes in the future.
It’s important to find a program that provides an inclusive, quality experience for children at all skills levels by reaching the perfect balance between fun, teamwork, safety, and competition.

The Importance of Swim Lessons
Drowning can happen anywhere there is water, but participating in swim lessons equips children with the skills and tools to feel confident in and around water. 
Along with safety benefits, learning a new skill develops a sense of accomplishment in children and provides the health benefits associated with exercise.

Ashley Kolniak is the membership director at the J. Douglas Williams YMCA in Lake Mary located at 665 Longwood Lake Mary Road. For more information on programs offered by the YMCA this summer visit YMCACentralFlorida.com.

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