You pay for expensive summer camps, go on nice vacations, and have what seems like an endless supply of things to do around the house for your kids, but inevitably they say, “Mom, I’m bored!”
Here are some tips and tricks to help your kids beat the summer boredom:
Develop a Routine
Kids thrive on routine and schedules. Sometimes the lack of structure in the summertime can rweak havoc on your family. Set up a schedule, and stick to it in the summer.
Develop a Summer Bucket List
We got this idea from the Mom Creative — create a summer bucket list with all that you want to do together as a family. This is so helpful to make the summer meaningful and not just something you wish away. You can also have individual children create lists of their own with things they want to accomplish: read so many books, save enough money to buy something, have a sleepover, go to camp, etc.
Have Them Earn Money
Develop a lemonade stand, have a garage sale, sell their art … help them become entrepreneurs and save money for a project, family vacation, or something they really want to buy. With a goal, they’ll have motivation to do all that’s needed to make the sale and earn money.
Help Them Do Good
Inspire your kids with the story of this young girl who started a lemonade stand to help foster children!
Boredom Can Be Good
Today parenting contributors came up with 39 reasons why summer boredom can be good!
And, if these don’t work, CafeMom came up with a good list of 19 comebacks!