How to keep your kids busy (and happy) at home during summer break?
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And today, following the arrival of summer, which brings with it the summer break (from school), we would like to talk about one of the most critical questions for every parent in the summer months - 'how to make your child busy and peaceful at home during the summer break?'
There is no doubt that this issue - finding help within your home space during summer break that will keep your child busy without him causing you to lose your sanity - is one of the biggest reasons for parents' frustration.
Why is this more relevant than ever? You must be asking:
Well, In our modern era, Children tend to get bored quite quickly, and finding a non-stop occupation takes work. And there is no doubt that at some point, most of us can give up, and from that point of desperation, things can only get worse. And quickly.
They will start fighting with their brothers and sisters, destroy things around the house (because they are bored), and be whiny and petty, which will excessively affect your tolerance and patience.
Moreover, even if they are appropriately occupied, the very need to constantly supervise them (so that they do not endanger themselves or their surroundings due to a wide variety of household safety hazards) can exhaust you quite a bit.
Furthermore, even if you're lucky and your child is indeed properly occupied, and you manage to keep them from safety hazards in an ideal way that doesn't exhaust you completely, someone still has to feed/clean/entertain them! And guess what? That someone is - you.
By the way, although we really don't want to be a harbinger of doom, there is something else - the issue of keeping them out of trouble.
You probably know that in the absence of a clear framework (school), There is some concern that he will "get lost," so to speak, and perhaps get himself into situations that will get him into trouble.
You need to pay attention to who he is talking to on the phone and what his plans are outside the house.
You will likely get into a conflict with them due to your many refusals to his requests.
Rest assured that this will also drain your strength (what's left of it, anyway)
To sum it up, There are many reasons for the summer break to be challenging for parents, But for now, the ones we mentioned above will do.
In this article, we will try our best to help you and tell you about the solutions and tools available to you in your struggle to stay sane during summer break.
And as always, at the end of the article, there will be a refreshing infographic presentation to summarize its content for you.
1. Be prepared (and aware) in advance.
Like anything else in life, preparation is crucial.
If this is the first time you have to deal with this issue (and it goes without saying if you are already experienced), Do yourself a huge favor and prepare yourself.
'How'? You must be asking.
Well, preparation is an action that is usually divided into two aspects - Mental and technical/practical.
Regarding mental preparation.
You better understand in advance that you are heading for some quite challenging months.
Your patience will be tested. Your ability to concentrate will be tested. Your ability to perform tasks and efficiency will be tested, and more.
As mentioned, these will be two challenging months (approximately), The more you accept this before their arrival with understanding, the better your ability to function at a high level during them will be.
Several methods can expand your tool set in dealing with this. They will mainly include actions such as meditation, breathing, accepting reality, and more.
You can read about them in detail here, here, and here.
Take a deep breath
Apart from these practical methods (recommended, by the way, in all areas of life), it can be said that the guiding principle is to come mentally prepared.
Just say to yourself: "This is going to be a challenging time, and I must stay calm. And even if I occasionally lose my peace, that's okay. I'm human."
You will be surprised to hear how much this tip will help you.
Regarding technical/practical preparation.
Near the beginning of the summer break, you should ensure to fill your house with various means to keep your child busy.
As mentioned above, your child's boredom is one of the most problematic factors you will have to deal with.
Games\drawing board\books\textbooks, and more, are just a tiny part of things that can help you fill their daily routine with productive means during their homestay. We are sure that following your deep acquaintance with your child, you will be able to think of more examples.
Meet your best friend - a strict schedule.
There is no more effective tool than a strict schedule that can help you with your children at home during summer break.
In order to make them feel part of the whole thing, which will increase their desire to cooperate, it is recommended to involve your child (moderately) in preparing the schedule.
An example of such a schedule:
8:30 - wake up.
9:00 - breakfast.
10:00 - time for games and TV.
11:00 - Chores (cleaning/care of the garden, etc.)
12:00 - lunch and nap.
14:30 - going outside the house (walking in the park\playground\pool\library\meeting with friends etc.).
16:00 - reading time.
17:00 - Games and TV time.
18:30 - Dinner and getting ready for bed.
20:30 - bedtime.
Put things in order
It goes without saying that this is only a suggestion of a schedule and not something binding. Feel free to make the most relevant adjustments for you.
You can read here more about How to Create a Summer Schedule for Kids.
2. Be dynamic.
An ancient Chinese scholar once said:
"If you want to make God laugh - make plans."
If you are scratching your head right now in bewilderment, it is because no Chinese scholar said such a thing, and we just made it up. But the guiding principle is still valid - it's indeed valuable to plan things, but in the end, stuff tends to be dynamic and change, and you have to learn how to accept this with understanding and even with a small smile.
The reason we mention the need for good adaptability is the fact (which we assume is well known to you) that when it comes to planning activities with children - everything that can go wrong does go wrong.
Hello Mr. Murphy...
Smile in the face of change
Learn to adapt, and if you invested time and effort in planning an activity with your kids, and eventually you realize that the reality is slightly different, Don't sweat. just make the necessary adjustment.
By the way, Besides the above, there is no better personal example than your child noticing a noble way of coping on your part in the face of a dramatic change in plans. It can teach him about staying calm and balanced When things don't turn out the way we expect them to, which is a tremendous educational Lesson.
This article will help you to some extent to stay sane during the summer break at home with your Kids.
And if not, that's what granny is for. You can always cry and ask for her help.
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