Keep the Kids Busy and Keep Your Sanity
By Rachel Shouse
You've probably heard, "I'm bored" already. You're not alone. Fortunately, we live in a time with technology which helps keep our kids occupied for a bit. One of my boys could live with his face on a screen. I hardly hear from him when he's on his tablet. My youngest, a girl, is the exact opposite. She doesn't care about the screen. She just wants to be by her dad or I. No two kids are the same. That being said, a little know-how and creativity goes a long way.
Utilize Search Engines
Kids aren't the only ones who can take advantage of the internet. Don't shy away from using Google or Bing. Before you take on search engines, take an inventory of the supplies you already have. Once you've made a list, you can add those into a search engine. No money needs to be spent and minimal effort needs to be given.
Learning to be a grownup has been difficult. The struggles kids go through may be different, but to them they're the same. Adults would like a world where they are given their dream job, home, health, etc. Kids want independence. This is a messy process, but the spoils you reap are worth the work. The more your kids can do, the less you need to. It also reduces the number of questions you have to deal with.
Plan Playdates and Socializing
Getting together with friends is a great bonus to being an adult. It surely couldn't hurt your kids if they got a little more socializing, especially during summer vacation. Younger kids, even the shy ones, would love playdates. Find some other moms that you get along with and introduce your children. While kids may be shy at first, they'll warm up eventually. This also builds up their confidence and that will help them in these situations later on.
Older kids could live with friends or on the couch. Their parents may miss them, but they're so absorbed in the moment that they don't think like us. Their brains aren't fully developed, so don't expect your older children to be much different than your younger ones. They still want to have fun. It just looks different now. If your older kids show responsibility, give them more privileges. Understand that letting your kids ride their bikes to the gas station to get their own icy saves you from having to do it. That's working smarter not harder if you ask me.
Every moment isn't going to be perfect, but try to have fun this summer. Loosen your expectations of yourself and enjoy your family. Don't stress over things that do not matter. No crying over a mud covered child. Giggle instead.
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