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 Ask a TFI Expert: Make summer vacation an opportunity

Summer 2015With summer vacation in full swing, join us on TFI Talks as we explore all things Summer Vacation with insights from our expert clinicians.

Today we are discussing how summer can be an opportunity for skill development and personal growth. Family Institute staff therapist Hollie Sobel, PhD, provides insights on summer school and summer jobs.

Give your child a break

While kids need their own break from the obligations of the school year, summertime responsibilities are often inevitable. While kids do need structure to their days, and often have homework to complete over the summer, it’s important to not overdo it or be too rigid.

Instead, the summer vacation responsibilities like work and school provide parents with the opportunity to teach time management and organizations skills to their kids. It’s important to have a balance of work and play time.

Know your child’s needs

For some, summer school is a time to catch up for the next level, while others require instruction to maintain academic skills. Many students may have assignments that are due in September. When it comes to your child’s academic responsibilities, it’s important to determine his/her unique situation and needs.

When it comes to summer jobs, your child may need advice. The search for and maintenance of a summer job gives children the opportunity to develop their resume and interviewing skills. It also teaches them responsibility. However, don’t assume that your child knows the correct protocol for summer jobs — they may need guidance in determining when to follow up after an interview, what to wear on their first day or how to request a day off.


Dr. Hollie Sobel provides individual, family, and group psychotherapy. Dr. Sobel has specialization in using researched-based cognitive-behavioral techniques with children and adolescents to improve mood, decrease levels of anxiety, and enhance functioning across home, school and social settings. She includes children/adolescents and parents in the treatment planning process, as family involvement is often important in reaching treatment goals.

To read Dr. Sobel’s full bio or make an appointment, visit our webpage.

The Family Institute offers a wide variety of affordable counseling care that treats whole individuals and their loved ones throughout the Chicagoland area. Find out more at our website.


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