No. 4: Get involved

A day in the park watching frogs is awesome, but social skills are necessary, too. In the summer, students can practice social awareness without the boundaries of a school.

Get involved by volunteering at a library, a hospital, a nursing home or your church. Maybe there's a campaign you're interested in or a cause you're behind.

Get your hands dirty. You'll learn how these organizations operate and also how to work with others within. You'll be a witness and have a chance to practice real-life lessons in conflict resolution and problem-solving. Interactivity with members of the community will be regular.

And if you volunteer at a nursing home or hospital, you give yourself a chance to learn lessons of life unparalleled in importance -- life and death, relationships and memories.

Can't pry kids away from the computer?