The cold winter months are here for most of us. What can we do as parents to keep our children from boredom? This is a question most parents ask themselves at one time or another. It is important to fill their time with meaningful activities and cut down on the time they spend on their iPad or TV. What, then, is the answer to this age-old question? I’m sure there are many of you out there who have some ideas that could help solve this problem, at least to some extent. Please feel free to share with the rest of us what has worked for you. I have found household tasks (chores) are an excellent way to help with boredom as well as teaching them responsibility. Being part of a family is like being a team member. When a team works together they are stronger and able to support the other members of the team. You might need to have a discussion about the difference between need and want, but that is for another time.
Don’t forget to add family fun into the mix. Learning to have fun together is so important. It may take some getting used to on everyone’s part but stick to it and, hopefully, it will pay off. Their also needs to be fun involved. When I was young, my mom would put out a 1,000-piece puzzle we would work on throughout the winter months. Families with a workable plan that everyone eventually buys into become closer to one another, as well (bonus!).
Let me know your experiences and what has worked for you.