Thursday, July 19, 2012

Third Thursday Thoughts: Beating Summer Boredom

Welcome to another edition of Third Thursday Thoughts, brought to you by the wonderful people at Hearts at Home! Every third Thursday of the month, we’ll be sharing our thoughts on the topic of the month. This month’s topic: How do you beat summer boredom with your kids?

Summer’s half over, and you’ve probably already heard those words, “Mommmmmm, we’re bored!” Sigh. If you’re struggling with the mid-summer blues, here are some ideas for keeping the fun in summer.

Space out the new stuff. If your kids tend to go through all the new summer goodies -- the slip ‘n slide, the lawn darts, the video games -- during the first week of summer, space them out next time! Plan ahead so that you introduce a new thing each week. Does the week look sunny? Break out a new kiddie pool. Rain in the forecast? Bring out a new set of paper dolls or coloring books. Your kids will have something new to look forward to each week, and you won’t fall into the trap of having to continuously buy new things because the ones you had were exhausted during the first week or two of summer.

Create a bucket list. I got this idea from Helen at Three Times the Giggles. She and her children brainstormed together to create a bucket list of things they wanted to experience over the summer. These can be big or small things, such as visiting a local attraction or trying a new recipe. Consult your bucket list throughout the summer for an activity that keeps everyone happy.

Let them be bored. Really. I have a friend who just exhausts herself each summer because she thinks it’s her job to keep her kids continuously entertained. I think it’s a good idea to let kids experience boredom sometimes. Tell them that the “cruise director” (you) is off-duty, and challenge them to come up with something fun (and safe, of course) on their own. If necessary, you can give them a little direction like bringing out all the sports balls and encouraging them to create a new game. Or dig out the art supplies and tell them it’s time to make a picture gallery. But try to stay out of it as much as possible. They’ll be learning valuable skills for entertaining themselves and giving you a much-needed break!

For more tips on beating summer boredom, hop around to the other blogs participating in this month’s Third Thursday Thoughts! CLICK HERE to find a list. (Check it throughout the day as more links are added!)

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  1. My teacher friend did the bucket list thing too. I love the idea. I wrote about letting them be bored too!

  2. Great site! Good Ideas!

    Another twist on the Bucket List is to do it at the end of the week and see how many things the kids come up with.

    "What fun thing did you do today?" You will be surprised at what really catches their attention!

    Thanks for posting.


  3. I LOVE the idea of telling them that they need to get creative on their own!


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