Help your kids avoid the summer "brain drain"

Published: Jun. 2, 2016 at 8:46 AM EDT
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Thursday, June 2, 2016; News 12 NBC 26 This Morning

(WRDW/WAGT) - Worried your kids will fall victim to the summer "brain drain?" Dr. Drew Kemp stopped by our studios Thursday morning with some advice.

As the father of two teenage girls and a professor at Augusta University's College of Education, Dr. Kemp says the "brain drain" is very real. However, he says there are some real ways to fight it without your kids fighting you.

First, he says, it's important to remember that as long as your kids are reading, it doesn't matter what they are reading. For example, Dr. Kemp suggests turning down the volume on the television and having your kids read the closed captioning aloud. He says it's a great way to keep your child interested in what they are doing without it feeling "schoolish."

"Summer shouldn't be about school," Dr. Kemp said.

There are ways to have fun during the break but to also ensure your kids' minds stay as sharp as a Number 2 pencil.

Another idea is to keep the creative juices flowing with art projects. "A really simple thing to do," Dr. Kemp said, "is to just go outside, find things around the yard and create art projects." Once those projects are completed, it's time to share them on social media. "

Click the video link to hear more ideas, including ways to have fun in the car on a long drive. Your kids will stay occupied and won't even realize they are exercising their brain.