They stay busy, motivated, happy. . . and out of trouble.
But others are often “bored.” They need their parents help in pushing a little button that says, “Now I’m going to do something.”
The first step in “doing something” comes when people identify some things to do. Parents can help by regularly posting a list of new things to do on the refrigerator or other visible place.
You can make a list of things in the newspaper and magazines, from community and school newsletters, and recommendations from friends. List everything from plays to sports to great sales.
Include activities kids can do with family, by themselves or with friends. Children can add their own items to the list, as well.
One parent who does this says her children and family don’t always do things. But the children have gotten the message that “they can be bored and get out of it themselves by being a little resourceful.”
Adapted from: Susan Haven and Valerie Monroe, City Kids: Raise Kids in Urban Areas—from Cincinnati to Seattle—and Have Fun Doing It, 1987 (Fireside, 1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020).
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