Should summer be a time for teens to relax and play -- or should it be a time for classroom programs that keep skills sharp -- or make them sharper? It may be late to think about summer programs, though given the economy, such offerings may still have open slots. Look for them at the local high school, area private schools, community education programs or at colleges themselves. Here's a sampling of some of the on-campus programs available.
Or maybe you might challenge your teen to think about summer jobs. Today colleges are more impressed with students who show initiative by getting some sort of paid job than those who have spent summers in expensive programs. Sue Shellenbarger with The Wall Street Journal discussed myths of the summer job market recently.
However you wish to go about it, the goal is simple: help your teen stay mentally active and engaged.
Finally, can't resist. Congratulations to Duke, and to Butler. These players demonstrated talent, determination and a never-say-die attitude that did their schools proud.