Inevitably after 5 days of no school into their summer vacation, your child will begin to complain that there is nothing to do and they are bored of playing video games or watching TV. I recommend that the planning for summer begins at least a couple of months ahead of the last day of school. It is important to make vacation plans, summer camp research, and a daily schedule for your children to adhere to when there is a reprieve from any scheduled activities. Here are some additional ideas from Today.com and their host of writers/bloggers:
- Zoo trip
- Bike riding
- Hiking/trail discovery
- Local fair/festivals
- Drawing, painting, decorating
- Amusement park visits
- Maintaining a “Rainy Day” Box with games, toys, construction paper, scissors
- Obstacle course outside or inside
- Play dates or sleepovers with friends
- Create funky questions to answer at dinner time/lunch time for everyone to answer (e.g. What kind of animal would you like to be and why? If you could have a superpower what would it be?) and put the questions in a bowl for each person to pick the question and answer.
Savor some one-on-one time
“Sometimes, ‘I’m bored’ is code for ‘I really want you to spend time with you.’ Believe it or not, one of the best things you can do to make summer days go more smoothly — with less complaining and more cooperation — is to spend one-on-one time each day with your kids. When you take the time to play with them or take a quick walk or whatever they like to do, you’ll meet their need for emotional connection. Let the laundry pile up, the dish washing, the garage cleanup wait, and spend 10-15 minutes per day, one-on-one, doing what THEY want to do. You’ll feel so much better about your day and so will your kids.”
And always remember to tell your child the following each day:
- Believe in yourself
- You were born for special reasons
- Look for ways to help others today
- Your primary purpose is to discover what your unique talents are (that no one else in the world has)
If you would like to learn more about me or my practice Inner Compass Counseling, Coaching, and Consulting, PLLC and have questions feel free to visit my website www.iccounseling.net as well as read my Inner Compass Blog.
Dr. Gerald Brown (Doc Brown) is owner of Inner Compass Counseling, Coaching, and Consulting PLLC in Cornelius, NC and Statesville, NC. He is passionate about fatherhood issues, immigrant concerns, and specializes in trauma work. Doc Brown has presented at various conferences and has a multitude of experience training organizations and corporations in diversity and multicultural resilience. He believes in helping individuals, couples, and families find meaning and integrate that meaning with various resiliencies in order to live purposefully and vibrantly. He is married with two daughters ages 14 and 6.