Summer Programs! But does it matter?

Summer Programs! But does it matter?

A lot of people (parents especially) have a lot of anxiety over their teen's summer activities. So let's cut to the chase.

Summer does matter. Period. 

Everything your teen does from the moment they step out of 8th grade, counts. The summer between the 8th and 9th grades is considered the 9th-grade summer; between 9th and 10th is the 10th-grade summer, and so on. 

Your job is to track what your teen does during those non-academic times of the year. But it doesn't have to be difficult to do so. It could be that it's in your online Google calendar or you've taken photos that are still on your phone. That's good enough until it's time to put together your teen's "high school to college resume" to help your teen remember for college and scholarship applications.

But what exactly should your teens be doing during those summers? How important is it?

If you realize that the school year is rather full of academics and afterschool...

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