Here in the U.S., summer vacation is getting started, and many families are eagerly anticipating the change of pace from a hectic school year. That is, of course, until the first “I’m bored! There’s nothing to do!”
Patience, self-reliance and creativity are qualities parents and educators often discuss as must-haves for kids, and all of them are necessary for children to manage boredom. The ability to delay gratification, along with a willingness to explore, experiment and rely on their own ideas and inner resources, can not only help kids get over their day-to-day fits of the boredom blues, but also transfer into greater resourcefulness in later life. But knowing all this doesn’t necessarily help a parent who’s frustrated at hearing “I’m bored!” two days into summer break.
While part of the fun of summer is the break from routine, keeping some sort of schedule can help reduce anxiety and keep the whole family grounded — that’s why we recommend keeping regular family meals on the calendar. Fortunately, family meals can be used to your advantage in beating back some of the boredom. Here’s how.
No matter when, where and what your family dinner includes this summer, try some of these tips to help mealtimes become part of your tried-and-true boredom busting strategy.
Meet the Sigler family! This foursome from Ohio is always looking for a way to bring laughter to the dinner table, no matter what else is competing for their attention.
As the weather heats up, these chicken tortas are an easy low-cook meal the kids can make for dinner guests. Try using a store-bought rotisserie chicken for an even faster meal!
Let restless kids turn trash into treasure with this recycled art idea!
If you’re celebrating Dads or father figures later this month, try these conversation starters devoted to the man of the hour.