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Five Tips To Help Cure Mid-Summer Boredom

I’ve always found it interesting to hear children complain about school and long for the lazy days of summer, but when summer comes, the excitement of it all can last about a month before you start hearing I’M BORED! I once heard a saying that people who are bored are usually boring people. I don’t think that’s the case with our children, I just think they sometimes need permission, encouragement, and maybe a hint of an idea to jump start those creative juices so they can cure their own mid-summer boredom. Here are some fun ways to respond to summer time boredom that will help your child go from feeling limited to limitless.

1) Can’t afford to send your child on an expensive week long summer camp? Encourage your child to create their own at home.  Help them connect with friends, neighbors and families to invite to their camp. Transform your home into a campsite. Ask other parents to help with the cost of 1 or 2 meals and to donate a few materials. Many of the activities you do at a typical camp, you can do at your camp at a very low cost, if any at all.  Water balloon and water gun fights, arts and crafts, singing by a camp fire, going on a hike, you can even mail letters home! Your child will be sure to stay busy and have plenty of fun planning this event.

2) Do you have a smart phone or a video camera around the house? Encourage your child to write a short movie and get friends, family, and neighbors to participate in filming it. Invite everyone over for a BBQ and screening when it’s finished.

3) Make collecting donations fun. Plan a scavenger hunt! Connect with a local charity or food bank to find out what they are in need of. Make a list and invite friends over to help collect the items while on a scavenger hunt.

4) Is your child an artist? Encourage them to plan a showing of their artwork in your garage, living room, or backyard. They can serve hors d’oeuvres and talk about each of their pieces of art.  They may even try asking a local artist if they can show their work in their studio. Who knows, maybe someone will purchase a piece!

5) Get to know someone new.  Was there someone at school your child never had a chance to get to know or spend time with? Maybe someone they noticed that looked like they could use a friend. Encourage them to reach out to that person and get to know them by planning or inviting them to a few summer activities.  How great to spend the summer creating memories with a new friend!

Whatever the activity or event is, give your child the opportunity to help with, or take responsibility for the planning and prepping. This is where they’ll exercise their creative muscles, build confidence and leadership skills, and realize how fast time really does fly when you’re having fun!

Together with her teenage son Chase, Mary Bailey is the co-creator of Chase ‘N Yur Face, a free online resource designed to inspire children and families to celebrate life—from the simple to the spectacular. In 2014, Mary made the decision to step down from her corporate job in order to home school her son who, as a toddler, was diagnosed with autism. Today, the single mom and entrepreneur creates her son’s curriculum which revolves around his love of cooking. Through this journey, her goal is to help Chase become a self-sufficient adult, as well as to establish a foundation for people like Chase, who need a helping hand to make their dreams achievable.
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