How to keep your children out of trouble (And out of my juvenile delinquency courtroom) this summer
By Circuit Judge Merille Ehrlich
When your child appears bored provide a creative outlet, a basis for communication, a means for your child to think about the words beyond themselves
Parents, discuss the following ART project with your child(ren). No specific talent is required, only your continued interest to spur their continued enthusiasm.
Your child can select: pen and paper; paint on canvas; sculpture; Black and white or color; computer graphics; mixed media; photography (they can use a cell phone); collage of cut-outs from other sources; two dimensional or 3-D; etc. The good news is that many of these choices cost little or no money.
Next, have your child select topics such as: how your neighborhood could look better and how you would do it; how you would like to/will change our community and/or the world; turning violence into peace and understanding; giving instead of taking; other positive messages of their choosing.
Encourage them, with you perhaps, to walk around the neighborhood, in the fresh air and look for ideas. Encourage them to tell people about their project and ask their opinion. This can build friendships and forge positive relationships with neighbors, store owners, police officers, and community leaders.
You should have your child write a two (2) sentence explanation of what they have created to accompany their project.
Perhaps, a business or a Boys and Girls Club or a police/fire department or a temple/church or even your city hall will exhibit your child’s titles artwork, explanation, and the artist’s name when it is done. You never know; perhaps, this can lead to a magnet school program, a scholarship, or a career.
Regardless, it’s a fun, thought provoking and a great way to positively explore and grow.