How can I keep my 14-year-old occupied over the summer?

Ask the Expert: The key is for you and your son to map out the next three months

Xbox: encourage your son him to have alternatives, whether playing a musical instrument or reading a book

Xbox: encourage your son him to have alternatives, whether playing a musical instrument or reading a book

My eldest son will be 14 in a few weeks and is just finishing his first year at secondary school. I’m dreading the thought of how to entertain him over the summer. Last year was hard enough, and now he has a full extra month off, with June.

At 14, there are far fewer camps that will take him, and he is of course pickier and does not want to be in a camp where he is the oldest. I work full time but can work some of my mornings from home, to keep an eye on him – my husband has some flexibility in work, too – although he will be by himself for a good bit of the time.

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