How to Enjoy Your Summer at Home with Your Younger Siblings

How to Enjoy Your Summer at Home with Your Younger Siblings

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Children under the age of 18 aren't the only ones enjoying summer vacation right now – unless you're taking summer classes, you might find yourself with all of your younger siblings underfoot. It can be a bit nerve wracking, to say the least – you're trying to watch all those Netflix shows that you didn't have time for during the school year but can't hear a word that the actors are saying because you've got siblings fighting, screaming or generally carrying on, burning off all that energy that they didn't get to use during the school year.

This doesn't have to be a bad thing – you can still enjoy your summer at home with your younger siblings in tow. Here are a few ideas to help you get started – and keep your sanity until school starts again in August or September.

Take Advantage of Local Activities

When was the last time that you went bowling or to your local skating rink? Why not take advantage of some of these local activities as something that you can enjoy with your younger siblings. They'll love you for it, especially since you'll be getting out without mom and dad looking over your shoulders, and it can be a great way to spend time with your siblings while helping them burn up some of that summertime energy.

The activities you choose will be up to you and up to the kind of activities that are available in your area.

Get Creative

You don't have to leave the house to keep your siblings entertained. Why not get a little bit creative – literally? Start a collaborative art project, bake and decorate a cake (where you will absolutely let them lick the beaters) or choose a room to redecorate. This last one should be cleared with your parental units first, but it could still be fun to paint, remodel or redecorate a room. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination and your budget.

Take a Picnic

Warm days are perfect for getting out of the house and heading to the park. Why not take a picnic with you? Spread out a blanket and enjoy some good food before the ants get to it. It's a lot better than picking up lunch at a fast food restaurant – not only are you almost guaranteed that the food will be healthier, it allows you to customize your menu based on the needs of your siblings. If you've got an adolescent sibling who has braces, you'll want to avoid things like nuts or sticky treats, for example.

Unseasonable Holidays

If you're away at college, you're probably missing out on a lot of holidays at home, like Halloween, Christmas and Valentine's Day. Why not celebrate them all while you're home for the summer? Set up a Christmas tree – or wrap a palm tree in Christmas lights – dress up in costumes, or pig out on big boxes of chocolates. Who says you can't celebrate all of the major holidays in one week?

Go Swimming, Duh!

It's summertime, and swimming is synonymous with summer. Take a trip to the beach, head to the local pool or find other places where you can play in the water to beat the summer heat. If you've got some other college-age friends in the area, bring them along. Not only does that gives you someone your own age to talk to, it gives you another pair of eyes to help you keep an eye on your swimming siblings.

Anytime you're around water, swimming safety should be paramount. Keep an eye on anyone who is in the water, and make sure that you're swimming in an area that is monitored by a lifeguard.

Your siblings might try to drive you crazy while you're home this summer, but you don't have to let them. Be prepared before that last school bell rings and you and your siblings will enjoy a summer that you'll remember for years to come.

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5 New Year's Resolutions

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1. Pledge to do something active every day

This may sound a little silly, but any sort of activity will help you destress and feel good about yourself as well, plus who doesn't enjoy a little time outside? It is really important to stay active and healthy, especially while you are young! It is proven that exercising releases endorphins which will decrease your stress and truly just make you feel healthier.

2. Pick a word to live by for the entire year 

This is incredibly beneficial! Last year, I chose to live by the word: Patience, and let me tell you this made a HUGE difference in my life, throughout 2018 I was constantly thinking about how to live my life with more patience, and now I truly know what being patient means (in all aspects of life). My word for 2019 is Mindfulness!

3. Find Something Positive in Every Negative Life Situation

This one sounds really corny, I know, but it truly makes an impact on how you handle life situations. I have handled a lot of them very badly, but when I started to reflect on the positives, I began to look at these situations as life lessons or stepping stones, that way it did not feel like it was the end of the world to me, which bad life situations should NEVER make you feel like that.

4. Save money every day

We all know our world revolves around money so, to eliminate that stress, pledge to save money everyday! Start a money jar and put the amount of your choosing in it everyday- it could be a penny or it could be five dollars, it really adds up in the end.

5. Set goals for yourself

This is really important, especially if you have a goal oriented personality like me! I thrive on trying to reach my goals, therefore when I started setting goals for myself I noticed a huge improvement in my productivity and work ethic. I chose to set small daily goals, sometimes different each day, like: clean my room, do dishes, etc, as well as setting larger, long term goals like: get in to my dream med school, save ten thousand dollars in a year, and little goals to live by like: go to class all semester, get up earlier, stick to a sleep schedule, clean out closet once a month, etc. I have truly noticed a difference in my life since I have written these goals down on paper, I have noticed myself genuinely working hard to achieve them and feeling better in the process, which is why I believe everyone should try it!







These are 5 New Year's Resolutions that will truly make an impact in your life and health (mental and physical)!





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7 Careers That Require Minimal Experience and Offer Maximum ROI

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Getting into the job market can be a nightmare. You may have earned a college degree, but a lot of employers still want years of experience before they even consider hiring you. It’s time to start thinking outside the entry-level box and looking into careers that offer a maximum return on your investment with a minimal amount of experience.

Here’s a list of some career options to get you started and hopefully set you on a path to financial solvency and personal fulfillment.

Bartending

Who doesn’t love the idea of socializing, slinging drinks and making money all at the same time? Bartending is the perfect way to do all that and more. There are two ways you can break into this career. One is to start as a barback, washing dishes and wiping down the bars, and the other is to complete bartending school, where they will teach you all the drinks you might ever need to make, and all the laws you need to know that pertain to tending bar.

Bartending school is usually inexpensive and doesn’t take long to complete — depending on how often you attend classes, you can finish the program in as little as two weeks.

Another perk of this career is you can take your skills anywhere. Want to tend bar at a ski lodge in the mountains? Take a trip and throw out some applications. Want to skip out on the cold weather and tend bar on a beach somewhere? It’s the same process with a different destination.

Garbage Collector

This might sound like a trashy job — ha-ha, pun intended — but it’s one where you can get in on the ground floor, make a decent amount of money and receive good benefits and sometimes even union support. Depending on the city where you live, you might not even need a degree — some waste-management positions don’t require anything more than an eighth-grade education to get you in the door.

All you need to be able to do is drive a truck and lift heavy objects — and possibly lose your sense of smell. You don’t need any experience at all, and there is plenty of room for advancement, you start at nearly $20 per hour.

Security Guard

Whether you’re patrolling the mall, handling cash deliveries and deposit pickups or even working for Homeland Security, being a security guard can be a great way to make decent money with no experience. Most security job positions don’t require anything more than a high school diploma for an unarmed guard position. Armed positions may require additional schooling and a firearms license, but many facilities are willing to pay for you to receive this training if they offer you a position.

Like many entry-level positions, you will be required to pass a pre-employment drug test and background check, and you can’t work as a security guard if you have a criminal record, but it’s a great entry-level career option — again, often with lots of opportunities for advancement.

Lineman/Cable Installer

We can’t live without our cable and Internet, so there’s a high demand for people to work as linemen and cable installers. These are excellent entry-level positions, because they require no experience, you don’t need anything more than a high school diploma and they offer on-the-job training to make sure you have all the skills you need. You don’t need to be an electrician to be a cable installer, and if you’re really good at it, there are training and management positions available as advancement opportunities.

Nursing

This career option does require additional schooling, but if you’re already in college, why not look at a nursing degree? Certified nursing assistants can make an average of $15 per hour, and registered nurses can make up to $30.

Nursing is an outstanding career if you like working with people, or enjoy helping people. The fact that it’s also a lucrative career is just a bonus.

Taxi Driver

No, we’re not talking about signing up with Uber or Lyft and ferrying people around in your vehicle — we’re talking about becoming an actual taxi driver. All you need to break into this career is driving experience — which most of us have been accumulating since we were 16 — a clean driving record and the ability to pass a background check.

A taxi driver in a busy city can make upwards of $70,000 a year, making it a pretty decent career if you love to drive. The hours can be rough — working weekends and holidays — but you can often set your own hours, which helps mitigate that a little bit.

Library Technician

While it takes years of schooling and a master’s degree to become an official librarian, you can become a library technician with as little as a high school diploma. You’ll work in a public library, assisting patrons and shelving books. Becoming a library tech is ideal for anyone who loves books, loves working with people or who might be in school working toward that degree to become a librarian.

Depending on the library, you will probably need computer skills as well, but for most of us, that’s not a problem — we’ve been on computers since before we could walk, so for us, it’s as easy as breathing.

Did we miss your favorite no-experience-required entry-level position? Let us know — we are always looking for new ideas to help college students and everyone else break into or get back into the working world without having to have years of experience under your belt.

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