The summer holidays have arrived and you might already be struggling to come up with ways to keep your child entertained and off screens.
If you’re spending the day together, rather than you having to do all the leg work, why not kick off with a competition! Get all family members to come up with 10 different ideas that don’t include screens (they can use the internet to spark ideas) and put them in a bag. When you’re in need of an activity, take it in turns to pull out two slips of paper and then everybody can vote as to which one you will do.
On days you need them to entertain themselves, get them to create their own timetable – if they’re into stationery or art, they can use cute colours for this and/or doodle or draw stuff around the edges. Be realistic, they will want to go on their screens at some point so perhaps come to an agreement together as to how long they might spend on their screen and let them decide when to slot that time in. It’s very easy for time to fly when you’re focused on a screen so suggest they set a timer for the agreed amount of time so they don’t run over.
Here are a few ideas we have come up with to get you going:
Obviously being mindful of the current Government Guidelines around distancing and meeting with friends, there are lots of ways your teen can entertain themselves outside. Here are some suggestions:
Having said all this, don’t overload yourself trying to think of ways to entertain them 24/7 – they’re of an age where they need to entertain themselves and there’s nothing like a period of boredom for sparking creativity. Just encourage them to consider what they are doing to keep life in balance.
Chores like doing the washing and ironing, loading the dishwasher, hoovering and cleaning, changing their own bed sheets and tidying their rooms are a great way of increasing self-confidence, getting teenagers ready for life beyond home – and of course just generally helping out.
We would love to hear your suggestions so do email them to us.
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