It's here! SUMMER! Beach towels, sandboxes, sprinkler play...and more than a few complaints of "Mom, I'm bored!" from the peanut gallery.
This week I invite you to post your ideas for helping kids come up with healthy and creative ways to spend the happy days of summer. Leave your links below!
As for the Dryer family, we've developed a few ideas to ward off the summer blahs.
At the beginning of each summer, I sit down with the kids and make a list of every possible thing they could do. Everything. Every toy, every board game, every make-believe play is listed separately. Then I post the list in a central location. When I can tell they're getting restless, I send them to list. Works like a charm.
If it doesn't, I remind them that if they can't find something to occupy their time, I will pull from Mom's List Of Horrible Chores for them to do. That one really does work like a charm.
One of the funniest little games the boys have developed recently--on their own!--is a gargling contest. They go out in the backyard with a tall glass of water and work on who can gargle the longest, the silliest, the loudest, etc. You wouldn't believe how long they'd spend on this. Since no one has drowned so far, I'm considering this a success.
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