Day 14: How Do You Keep Your Kids Busy?

 

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Or anybody else, for that matter!
It isn’t easy to come up with fresh things to do every day. And then of course, you’ll want it to be activities that are beneficial.
Like educational stuff, exercise, fresh air.
Ideally, you’ll want your kids to be engaged and actually ENJOY what they’re doing. I realize that’s pushing it, but we can always REACH for the ideal solution, at least.
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You’re NOT alone
It can be so difficult, and so exhausting.
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Especially when you’re trying to get work done. And you must keep your composure, or everything will deteriorate in no time flat.
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Our son is out of the house, but I remember how challenging it could be to keep a lively, curious child entertained in a confined area.
First thing that comes to mind are lengthy car rides, or *gasp* plane rides overseas. Eventually, the best parent runs out of options or tires of answering repetitive questions, whose subjects depend of course on the age of your children.
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Some will work for you – you may be surprised
From my own experience, different activities work for different situations. You may want to keep your child’s (or adult’s) current mood in mind. Or the environment you are in at the time.
Most definitely, I prefer activities that are fun AND teach in a subtle but lasting way. Something, for example, that teaches social skills. Hand-eye coordination, critical thinking. Logic. Creativity.
But also allow for some plain entertainment, such as TV or video games.
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Here are a few that I would like to see, according to age and ability:
  • Teach some basic cooking skills. Decorating cookies for the very young, or fixing a simple soup for your Fifth Grader.
  • Play a board game, a GREAT activity for ANY AGE!!
  • Listen to a piece of classical music and make them look up the composer on Wikipedia
  • Let them start their own garden, with a clay pot and some seeds. Make them record the progress of the seedlings in a Journal.
  • Have them read a book and discuss it with you.
  • Get a large piece of paper, and let them draw a theme park according to their fantasy.

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Everybody has some secret tip
What’s yours?
You must be some sort of a wizard, because apparently you have somebody to take care of, whether a child, a parent, a spouse or other relative. Give yourself a pat on the shoulder, we all know it’s more challenging during this time.
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