Summer Time – “But Mom… I’m Bored!”
Its June and you know what that means… Summer vacation is here! All our kids have been dreaming of time off! But what are they going to do?
Summer is awesome! Many kids will spend their first few days of summer vacation just resting and relaxing. Some families have vacations planned. Some kids will go to summer camp and some have other activities planned. But what typically happens after that? Kids sleep in, get up and play video games. They will watch YouTube, TV or just hang out on their phones looking at memes.
A little of that with Mom and Dad’s permission and supervision is totally fine. However, it’s not uncommon to see these activities become the main way our children spend their free time. When we try to restrict that behavior, we hear “But I’m bored. There’s nothing to do!”.
Parents, what can we do? Start by intentionally helping your kids balance their free time with meaningful activities. Set expectations for “screen time”. Next, and this is the key, back it up with something else to do. Talk about the importance of putting the needs of others first. Help them decide on summer service projects. Start with things they can do around the home for the family then explore what can be done in the community.
Some ideas: household “clean up” or improvement projects, start a garden for the home or the neighborhood. A Good Will drive or Food Drive around the neighborhood, contact local veterans’ groups and start a letter writing campaign. Contact us for more ideas or how how to get started with one of these projects!
Try it out! Summer is an incredible opportunity to help our children develop positive character through service.