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Fun and Nurturing Summer Activities​

During the summer I advocate maintaining academic skills through tutoring and scheduled time for skills practice to keep kids' brains sharp.


But it's also a good idea to nurture their spirit and emotions. Here are some social-emotional activities you can do with your student this summer.


1. Get a and fill it out together Big Life Journal.


2. Grab a copy of The Self-Compassion Workbook for Teens: Mindfulness and Compassion Skills to Overcome Self-Criticism and Embrace Who You Are by Karen Bluth and set aside time a couple of days a week to read and work through it.


3. Do the mindfulness exercises in Sitting Still Like a Frog.


4. Explore the meditation and mindfulness resources at


5. Use the app to listen to guided meditations or as a great meditation timer Insight Timer.


6. If you have an introverted kid, read Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverted Kids by Susan Cain together.


7. Listen to the Short & Curly podcast.


8. Listen to the meditations on my web site.