SCHOOL VACATION BOREDOM: HOW TO AVOID SCREEN TIME OVERLOAD

School is out for the summer, and I’m looking forward to it. It’s normal for kids and teens to feel relieved for the first few days after they start school. After a long and challenging year, it is time to say goodbye. Parents, too, will be able to take a breather from the stress of their children’s early-morning commutes and homework assignments.

The problem is that youngsters may soon grow bored. With no companions or school activities to keep them occupied, they may resort to computers, smartphones, and television as a source of entertainment.

The frequent cry of “I’m bored” will no longer be heard, but children’s physical and mental health will suffer from spending their days and nights in front of a screen.

My kids say, “I’m bored,” and what do I do?

What should parents do when their children told them that they are bored and grumble, roll their eyes, and sigh?

Yes, and no. For your child’s or teen’s well-being, you’re attempting to strike a delicate balance here. You want to make sure that bored kids don’t get into mischief, so you should do your best to keep them occupied. It’s also an opportunity for children to study or participate in hobbies or interests that they don’t get to cover in school.

It’s neither feasible nor beneficial for your children if you take on the position of full-time entertainer! If your kids are bored, don’t fall into thinking that pricey activities are the only way to keep them occupied.

ASSISTING THEM IN LEARNING IMPORTANT LIFE SKILLS

Giving kids the ‘raw materials,’ and perhaps helping them get started if they need it, is one way to encourage them to engage in fun activities while simultaneously teaching them to amuse themselves and become self-sufficient.

Learning to enjoy yourself is an important life skill. It can also help children avoid toxic connections and relationships when they’re older if they think about it more thoroughly. Enjoying the company of oneself implies that one isn’t stuck in the mindset that being with someone, anyone, is preferable to being by oneself.

Having too much screen time can quickly turn into a problem. That’s something you can help your children understand. Set boundaries and be a positive role model for others. In both cases, you might benefit from a Triple P program.

Tips for a better time on the road:

  • The library and the discount store are good places to stock up on books and art supplies at the beginning of a vacation.
  • Make a “holiday activities list” as part of this. Try to include at least 20 free or low-cost items on your list. You may find free DIY, cooking, home science, and other activities online. Of course, it’s best if your children become involved in the brainstorming process.
  • Sorting through old family photos or even washing the car or mirrors may be a lot of pleasure for some kids! You can put it on your fridge. If a child says, “I’m bored,” you can point them to the list. If they cannot locate something they like, you may either pick something out for them or give them a task. Boredom vanishes instantaneously if you accept this “deal.”
  • Rather than always expecting Mom or Dad to take them shopping, to a theme park or the movies, or to a special event every day, you’re attempting to teach youngsters that they should go out and do something if they’re bored.
  • It’s important to remember that the holidays can also be a terrific time for family bonding and activities like playing board games or visiting a national park. Even if you have a lot on your plate, try to find some time for your family to spend together.

The summer will be over before you realize it.

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