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5 Ways To Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer
Summer means holidays for kids but means excess work for parents. It is actually the kids that keep parents busy, and they sure know five hundred ways to do so!
In fact, kids are never idle on holidays. Then, why are we talking of keeping them busy in the first place? Well, being at home and not being idle is a dangerous combination. So, to keep them engaged with some purposeful activity is the order of the day. Of course, this seemingly simple job can be tiresome to the parents/elders. Here are five selected activities to keep your kids busy during summer holidays.
Tips To Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer
Involve Kids In Home/House Work
During school, kids must have been busy with homework virtually every day. Now is the time to let them know about the house they are living in. Assign them some small and effortless jobs such as arranging their books neatly in a rack; keeping their shoes clean and proper in a place; getting their toys and such stuff neatly stacked; cleaning the dining table or chairs etc. These activities are sure to inculcate a sense of responsibility towards their belongings.
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Teach Them To Help
Often, mothers pamper their children by not allowing them to help them, thinking that they would burden their children. This could be true in case of tiny tots but not with little kids. Try requesting them to help in washing vegetables, or helping with dishes, or helping with making bed…you will be surprised to see their enthusiasm in helping you.
Extract Their Creativity
All kids are creative, as do all adults. But we tend to consider only some activities such as drawing, painting as creative, which, of course, is not correct. Child psychologists say that every child has open creativity; he tends to take liking towards some options. But, it is the duty of elders to give the kids the options. Give the kids some colours, brushes, papers, musical instruments, books etc., and just sit back and watch how they pick up their choices. If you find any special talent in your kids, this is the right time to give them some specialized training/coaching.
Keep Them Physically Active
The importance of physical exercise is just not ignorable. Unfortunately, not all schools have facilities and infrastructure to impart physical education or involve in sports and games. Summer is the time to either continue or start afresh kids’ physical activities.
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Give them a football or buy them a set of shuttle badminton racquets. Take time to play with them or let them go along with neighbouring friends. If none of the above is practically possible, at least take them for a morning or evening walk (you know, it is good for you, too!).
Although some parents spend summer to teach the ‘lessons’ of the coming classes, this is the time to teach your kids some things that are non-academic. Teach them new indoor games such as caroms, chess. Teach them to read books. Ask them to prepare a time-table, listing out what they do and when. Take time to show them the important places such as museums and historical places in and around your city. Ask them to write about their visits.
Summer can be real interesting and useful time to make kids busy with purposeful activities, learn some responsibilities and grow better. Utilize it.