Although some days it’d be nice for your kids to be grown and independent, it’s important to embrace the younger stages when they need you. The years go fast, and they aren’t always going to be so innocent.
It’s important to have activities in mind for them to participate it when they’re feeling bored. It probably happens more often than you’d like, so be prepared the next time they come to you with the look of concern. Be ready to show and encourage them with a variety of options and help narrow it down to possibilities they can agree to. See ideas for keeping your children entertained.
While it’ll be a little more difficult in the colder months, it’s still possible to play outside year-round. Have the proper clothing for them to wear no matter the temperature. If they’re sick of the backyard then walk with them to the local park and play there once in a while. The fresh air will feel good and help to boost everyone’s mood. Playing outside is also a great way for your children to get some exercise and let loose. If there’s snow, challenge them to build a snowman and if it’s warm and sunny put out the sprinkler for them.
Many kids love to go skating. Whether it’s indoor roller-skating or outdoor figure skating, there are options, depending on their individual interests. Go with them and put on your skates since you’re there anyway. Appreciate the exercise that you’re getting and that your kids are having a good time. You’ll probably find that you have fun with your kids and that they make you laugh. Don’t let the weather stop you from selecting this activity as a fun way to spend a weekend afternoon, since it can be done both indoors and outside.
Get A Dog
It may be time to get a family dog if your children are bored. Make a deal before you bring the puppy home that they’re going to help take care of your new animal by assisting with some of the chores. There’s also an informative online magazine you’ll want to read called Canine Weekly. It’s the web’s best source for large dog care tips. One bonus is that your home will be much more lively and cheerful once you bring a dog into the picture. Your children will always have the option to play with the dog when they’re feeling down.
Play Games or Color
Offer to play games or color with your kids. Both are great ways to relax and enjoy each other’s company. Make an afternoon of it by serving their favorite drinks and snacks. Bring out old games that you remember playing when you were young. Once you’re tired of playing board games, try coloring. Coloring is not just a kid’s toy anymore, it’s a therapeutic activity that helps relieve stress and will calm you down. If your kids are sick of the games they have, then go to the store together and offer to buy them one new game or coloring book and go home to enjoy it.
Go for A Walk
If you typically exercise on your own, ask your children to join you on your walk. Bring the new dog and go for a hike together. It’s a great opportunity to talk and catch up. You’ll also each be getting a lot of exercise. Enjoy breathing in the fresh air and observing nature. If you have a nice time together, make it a regular occurrence and use your walks as a chance to connect with your kids. Change up your route each time to keep it interesting for everyone. Walks are relaxing, help decrease stress and are a great opportunity to talk about all sorts of topics.
Have them Play Sports
Some children don’t know they love sports until they give them a try. Talk to your kids about getting involved in a few different sports and seeing what they like. Support them by bringing them to practices and attending games. Practice with your kids in the backyard and help them get better, if that’s their goal. Having them play sports is a great way for your children to meet friends and learn a new skill. If it doesn’t work out, find a different sport or activity for them to try. You never know what will stick for each child.
Ask them to help you Cook
You may not even realize that what’s a chore to you could be fun for your children. Invite them to cook with you once in a while. Show them how to make a recipe and prepare a family dinner. They’ll likely be very interested in the task and want to help you out. Have them set the table and use it as an excuse to gather the entire family for dinner whenever possible. They may find they enjoy cooking and want to start doing it more with you. Expand into areas of baking and making appetizers. You may be excited to find you have a few new helpers around the holidays.
Remove the Electronics
Although electronics have the power to keep your kids entertained, they also distract children from being silly and entertaining themselves. Put limits on how long they’re allowed to play on their electronics. This will force them to go explore outside, play with their siblings or to be creative and write or color. Let them be bored and wonder what to do next without their devices. It may take time, but eventually, they’ll find another activity to do and will forget all about staring at a screen.
Never underestimate your ability to help your kids be kids and participate in various, fun happenings inside and around the neighborhood. They’ll appreciate your efforts one day and thank you for challenging them to use their imagination and creativity. Don’t’ be afraid to join in on different activities with them and share special moments together. These are ideas for keeping your children entertained.