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Keeping Kids Busy During the Summer

Apr 15, 2008
The good 'ole summer time is just around the corner. Sometimes it seems like it will never get here, but then you blink and the kids are out of school. No one looks forward to summer vacation more than my children. But after about a week at home, they are bored and antagonizing each other (and their mom).

For those of us with very busy lives, it seems inconceivable that anyone could ever tire of just doing nothing. But children are programmed differently. With their growing bodies and growing brains they need more stimulation than we adults do. So keeping kids busy is a good idea as long as you don't overdo it.

It's not a good idea to have your children watch too much TV. And with childhood obesity increasing getting your kids up and moving is a great alternative to having them sit in front of the telly or plugged into video games. Sports is a great way to get your children active while actively improving their coordination and team play abilities.

I also find a week at summer camp a life saver if you can afford it. Not only is it a chance for you to get a break from your kids (and vice versa) it's a great way for your children to build independence, create new friendships and pursue their favorite hobbies. I have one child who lives for her horseback riding camp each year while my quiet intellectual child perfers chess camp.

Camps are often a cost burden. I remember when I was was a child that there was a 'Playmobile' that would pull up to the local elementary school. Since this school was just around the corner, my mom was happy to have her four kids scamper off. And she could stop by after a bit to keep an eye on us. Today, of course, most of us moms don't just have the kids leave for the local school but you can bring a book and get some reading in while your kids play at the local school grounds - 'Playmobile' or not.

Finally, don't overlook other mothers for a support network that is a real lifesaver during the summer months. Maybe the concept of a 'play date' has been overdone but it's still a good idea. It's different scenery, a friend to play with and one mom watches just one more kid while the other can relax or get some work done.
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Summertime is ideal for outdoor parties. Keep your beverages cool and identified with a engraved can koozie. Take loads of pictures and frame them for great gifts later.
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