I have two sons - one is 10 and one 12. The 10 year old is interested in many things and happy to go to camps. He is busy for about 4 out of the 8 weeks over the summer (3 will be vacation - me off for two (spaced out between July and August) and us all away for one). My older son doesn't like camps (feels he spends enough of the year being told what to do when) - fair enough.
This will be the first summer that I'll be working pretty much 9 to 5 Monday to Friday. Last year I worked 2 or 3 days out of the week and did day trips with them the other days. My Monday to Friday will be fairly chopped up with picking up and dropping the younger son.
The older son is also enamoured with computer games and just purchased his own laptop. He currently spends about 4 hours a day engaged with electronics. I'd like to reduce that to 3 gradually for the summer. I'm not sure how we are going to manage all the other hours.
I fairly routinely get grief over the fact that my working hours have grown which I have previously reacted strongly to but now realize it is just a way to get a rise out of me. In any case that's the way it is.
When I put on my optimistic hat I think of all kinds of fun, independant learning that can happen however, I don't see that happening without a fair bit of guidance. Eg. learning about circuit boards and soldering, perhaps some basic programming/coding. We have a closed in area outside that would be great for batting practice if we bought an electric ball launching thing. He could create a shooting gallery back there with rotating targets for nerf gun competitions etc. The kids in our immediate neighbourhood are a bit too young for him to hang out with - though he does occasionally. He could organize a water balloon fight.
Any feedback/ideas? Particularly gentle ways to steer him away from electronics - arguments about it not being good for balance are valid but like most people I imagine better alternatives would be a more positive way to make change.