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Enjoy your summer break

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By The Staff

I think lately I arrive at the end of every week thinking TGIF, but this week is different. Wow, we’ve arrived at the last week of school. Try to take it all in this week, the pomp, the circumstance, the little  moments.

For some, this is a game changer. Maybe you move from middle to high school, maybe you move from elementary to middle school or maybe the big chick leaves the nest. Maybe the baby bird will head to that big, ominous place called school next year.

Whatever the case may be, enjoy the summer. Enjoy every single solitary moment, or lack of moments, that you can. Time flies so fast and even though we’re at the start of embarking on the summer, it will go by way too fast.

If my math serves me correct, there are only          82 days to enjoy. The again, I am a speech communications major, so we won’t count on my math skills too much.

What I want to say is try to find some time to enjoy each of those kids in your home, in the neighborhood or in our community. Try to find some activity you can interact in together and enjoy it before it is over.

Feel free to stop at every lemonade stand you see, I’m sure my kids may be the ones making some of that lemonade. You’ll be increasing their math skills, their entrepreneurial skills and more importantly their assets, as well as perhaps increasing your own.

If you’re going away, ask them to get your mail, feed some fish or take care of a pet.

You’ll build more than their savings, you’ll add to their responsibility, their confidence and their value as members of the community.

Look for youth-owned businesses that pop up over the summer when everyone seems to have more free time. Oftentimes the tasks are one that you can do yourself, but if you can afford it, why not give them a chance?

If you can’t get your kids motivated enough to start a business, encourage them to do something for a senior citizen in the neighborhood.

Try to convince them that it is just a nice thing to do and perhaps you might even get out and help them do it. You might consider mowing a lawn, washing a car or planting some small flowers visible through a window and then keeping them watered throughout the summer.

Small gestures go a long way and in between trips to the library –  I hope you have many – and their desire for endless video games, a few good deeds will keep them on the straight and narrow.

Again hang on for the onslaught this week, the ride is almost over. If you missed the chance to recognize school staff during appreciation week, here comes another great opportunity.

To those leaving the district this year or changing locations, you will be missed. To those leaving the community, good luck and make sure you keep in touch.

Be careful, those 82 days are almost over.

Bernadette Lauritzen is the Assets Coordinator for Los Alamos, sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce. Call 661-4846 for information.