How to tackle boredom in the school holidays

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The B-word will drive most parents around the bend unfortunately, the usage tends to increase when it comes to the school holidays. As most parents will testify, all kids are different. There are no universally correct ways to tackle boredom but if you are concerned about the upcoming school holidays, read on for some expert tips.

The art of trying something new

One way to stave off boredom is to try something new. It doesn’t have to be big, and it doesn’t have to be expensive, but with the weather generally in a better place, you probably have more options than most periods of the year.

Whether it is a sport, music, or even something like learning a skill, this is the time of year to put it into practice. Some of you who are blessed with time might be able to share these moments, but failing that, there are often countless summer clubs that cater to them.

Set some structure

Kids often crave structure, and it is easy to see why. Their day-to-day lives are spent within set parameters with very little wiggle room. The school holidays can be a liberating time for some, but for others, it can be daunting.

One way to help is to set some structure for the holidays. This doesn’t have to be as rigid as their school timetable, but if you can give them some idea of what they will be doing and when it can help to ease any anxiety.

Get out and about

We’ve already touched on the power of trying something new, which generally involves getting outside. However, you don’t have to target a specific activity – countless other options exist.

One of the most popular is creating a form of adventure. Even as adults, these never get boring and can be adapted to your surroundings. It might be trekking through a nearby forest or taking a bike ride off the beaten track. The list can go on.

Or, you can try something a little more normal. For example, even shopping districts like Covent Garden now cater to the whole family, with shows, activities, and shops providing something exciting for everyone.

Get them involved in planning

One of the best ways to avoid the B-word is to get your kids involved in the planning process. This could be as simple as asking them what they want to do for the day or week.

If they are old enough, you can let them loose with the internet and let them research potential activities. This will also help them to understand the value of money and how to budget.

Accept that they might get bored

Finally, it is crucial to accept that your kids might get bored. It is inevitable, and it is not the end of the world.

The key is not to get too bogged down in it and, from time to time, to let them find their own way out.

Let’s not forget that the school holidays are time you will never get back. Enjoy the moments and try not to put too much pressure on yourself or them.

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