3. Entrepreneurship. Summer businesses for teens can range from the very simple (baby-sitting) to the complex (landscaping teams).
As a rule, the best summer businesses require little or no overhead and have services or products that can be delivered relatively easily.
4. Volunteering. Whether it's the primary activity or something your teen adds to an already busy schedule, volunteering can produce memories that last a lifetime. The options include everything from improving parks to playing cards with seniors to coaching kids. Contact local nonprofits or a volunteer clearinghouse to learn about opportunities in your area.
5. Study. Summer is a great time to catch up on subjects that were difficult to master last year, or to learn more about a favorite topic. Online classes, summer school and even community education courses are all options.
6. College preparation. If your teen is planning to go to college, it's never too soon to start preparing. These efforts can range from researching different schools to starting the search for scholarships to taking courses that will count for college credit. To help with this process, consider purchasing Laura Gilbert's new book, "How to Save $50,000 on College" (CreateSpace, 2011, $9.95). Here you and your teen will find a variety of money-saving strategies and worksheets to help reduce the costs of a college education.
7. Self-improvement. I'm thinking of things that are more personal, such as getting in shape or learning to play the guitar.
Amy Lindgren owns Prototype Career Service, a career consulting firm in St. Paul. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 626 Armstrong Ave., St. Paul, MN 55102.