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11 Things Creative Parents Do With Bored Kids In Summer

11 Things Creative Parents Do With Bored Kids In Summer

It’s the last month of summer. You’ve already done all the fun things you’ve planned, took a vacation together and even sent your kids to visit their grandma/auntie/cousins, so they wouldn’t waste their time in front of the TV. But, there’s still another month left and you completely ran out of ideas. Fret not! We have made this amazing list of activities your kiddos would love to do this summer. Cross each one from the list and none of you will notice that it’s time to get back to school again!

1. Organize a Photo Scavenger Hunt

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    All you need is a bunch of bored kids (done!), a few cameras or cell phones (all have them), a piece of paper where you list all the objects for the hunt (done in less than 5 min). Be creative and list various shapes (heart, square, crescent etc), along with colors and any other items that could be potentially discovered in your neighborhood. Print it out and give out to all the hunters.

    Now they should head outside and start exploring by snapping pictures according to your instructions. It could be a square shadow, falling from the window, an animal-shaped cloud, a heart-shaped string lying on the sidewalk. Find the shape, cross it off the list and come home with a bunch of cool new pictures and small rewards (for all participants, obviously).

    Scavenger hunts never get boring, as you can create different variations like neighborhood scavenger (asking the neighbors if they have certain objects from the checklist); library scavenger hunt (list questions, passages, facts etc) that could be found in books, and more.

    2. Make Up Spin-Offs of Favorite Stories

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      Done with all the planned summer reading? Now get creative and start inventing stories together. Ask your kid to write a small narrative about their favorite heroes. You can either suggest to write a “What happened next story?” or a “What if (insert their fav hero) did something another way?”

      Give the kids time to create and seriously warn them about copying each other ideas like a lot of kids like doing. It’s a great way to teach them the odds of plagiarism and fuel their creativity at the same time.

      You can turn it into a small contest with all participants reading out loud and rating each other stories, and themed prizes given out to all.

      3. Design a New Piece of Furniture

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        Summer’s usually the time when we try to get rid of our old stuff. Instead of throwing out that old armchair, give it a revamp together. Fabric colors don’t cost much and your kids would have tons of fun making their own signature design. You can either opt for different paper stencils or just let draw whatever they feel like to.

        4. Tie Dye Clothes

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          Tie Dye’s trending this season and, in fact, it never gets old or boring. It’s a fun way to update your kids’ and your wardrobe while challenging your creativity.

          Get some plain white T-shirts, scarfs, bandanas or anything else you feel like dyeing, and get creative together. Tie dying is pretty easy and you can make amazing patterns yourself simply by using different folding techniques.

          Sure, the whole thing may get a bit messy with kids. But, hey, it’s summer! You can do everything outside and clean up everything (and everyone) from the faucet.

          5. Start a Nature Journal

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            Go out on a nature walk or a short hike together. Don’t forget to take a notebook and some pencils along. Nature is truly fascinating and gives us plenty of room for creativity and observation. Challenge your child’s inner Darwin and prompt them to take notes and make sketches of things they see. Collect different leaves and flowers to scrap into your new journal later on or turn them into lovely artwork.

            6. Play with Bubbles that Bounce

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              Everyone likes soap bubbles, but they don’t last long. To extend the pleasure you should use the following recipe:

              • 1 C distilled drinking water
              • 1 Tablespoon dish soap
              • 1 Teaspoon of glycerin

              Mix everything together and let it sit for 24 hours. This way the bubbles won’t disappear immediately and bounce around a bit.  Or you can create extra large bubbles for even more fun!

              7. Learn to Make Kites

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                Kites have been keeping kids all around the world entertained for hundreds of years, long before Angry Birds or the TV were invented. Sure, you can buy a cheap one at a local store, but to keep your kids entertained for longer, learn to make your own ones. The whole process is pretty simple. All you will need is:

                • Two A4 sized craft papers in different colors
                • Scissors, pencil, scale
                • Two drinking straws
                • Glue
                • String – about a meter long
                • Some paper ribbons for the tail and decorations.

                Now follow these simple instructions to make your own colorful sky-flier.

                8. Set up a Lemonade Stand

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                  There’s a billion of simple lemonade recipes, all of them including some lemons (obviously), water, sugar syrup and a few leaves of mint. A stand could be colored and decorated together from an old nightstand. Selling lemonade to friends, family and neighbors, in fact, is a great way to give your kids a lesson about entrepreneurship. Who knows where it might lead in ten years?

                  9. Master Body Art with Watercolor Crayons

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                    Challenge your kids’ artsy side and let them draw all over themselves or each other with watercolor crayons. They are colorful, easy-to-wash away and can give them hours of fun creating temporary tattoos. Again, you can find and print out loads of amazing tribal, floral or abstract patterns online.

                    10. Have Fun with Snail Mail

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                      Did you know there are a lot of cool things under 13 ounces that you can mail? From flip-flops and stockings full of candies to a special mail bucket and shovel. Create a beautiful care package together and mail to some of your friends, relatives or a new pen pal.

                      11. Finish a 1,000 piece puzzle

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                        Everyone loves puzzles, but not everyone have the guts to finish them. As long as school days are still a month away, you can use the desk to assemble it. When it’s finally done, you can always glue a LEGO mat or a piece of carton on top to turn it into a lovely table cover or wall art.

                        Featured photo credit: Geomangio via flickr.com

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                        Published on April 9, 2021

                        50 Single Mom Quotes On Staying Strong And Loving

                        50 Single Mom Quotes On Staying Strong And Loving

                        Being a mom is not easy. Being a single mom is even more challenging. Having children means you are on the job 24/7. Even while you are sleeping, you are still ready to wake at the slightest peep because that is what moms do.

                        Moms, especially single moms, need more people cheering them on. Your love and care matter to your kids. You are their superhero. I think single moms are superheroes, too.

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                        The quotes below are words of encouragement for all of the single moms out there. Keep up the great work! Your hard work will pay off. Someday, they will be grown up and living on their own. Your job will never truly be done as a mom, but you can pat yourself on the back today and every day for doing mom duty day in and day out.

                        Here are 50 single mom quotes to encourage all the single moms out there.

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                        1. “Being raised by a single mother, I learned to appreciate and value independent women.”—Kenny Conley
                        2. “As a single mum you’ll discover inner strengths and capabilities you never knew you had.”—Emma-Louise Smith
                        3. “One thing I know for sure – this motherhood thing is not for sissies.”—Jennifer Nettles
                        4. “Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving.”—Gail Tsukiyama
                        5. “And one day she discovered that she was fierce and strong, and full of fire and that not even she could hold herself back because her passion burned brighter than her fears.”—Mark Anthony
                        6. “She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn’t take them along.”—Margaret Culkin Banning
                        7. “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”—Alice Walker
                        8. “Everyone has inside of her a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.”—Anne Frank
                        9. “Doubt is a killer. You just have to know who you are and what you stand for.”—Jennifer Lopez
                        10. “You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are.”—Melissa Etheridge
                        11. “Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing.”—Ricki Lake
                        12. “You don’t take a class; you’re thrown into motherhood and learn from experience.”—Jennie Finch
                        13. “If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”—Oprah Winfrey
                        14. “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”—Charlotte Brontë
                        15. “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”—Nora Ephron
                        16. “When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.”—Diane Von Furstenberg
                        17. “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.”—Margaret Thatcher
                        18. “Women have discovered that they cannot rely on men’s chivalry to give them justice.”—Helen Keller
                        19. “Successful mothers are not the ones that have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles.”—Sharon Jaynes
                        20. “Success, they taught me, is built on the foundation of courage, hard work, and individual responsibility. Despite what some would have us believe, success is not built on resentment and fears.”—Susana Martinez
                        21. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”—Maya Angelou
                        22. “The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.”—Ayn Rand
                        23. “God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers.”—Rudyard Kipling
                        24. “The women whom I love and admire for their strength and grace did not get that way because stuff worked out. They got that way because stuff went wrong, and they handled it. They handled it in a thousand different ways on a thousand different days, but they handled it. Those women are my superheroes.”—Elizabeth Gilbert
                        25. “There will be so many times you feel like you failed. But in the eyes, ears, and mind of your child, you are a SUPER MOM.”—Stephanie Precourt
                        26. “Motherhood is the ultimate call to sacrifice.”—Wangechi Mutu
                        27. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”—Maya Angelou
                        28. “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.”—Princess Diana
                        29. “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.”—Jill Churchill
                        30. “There’s no doubt that motherhood is the best thing in my life. It’s all that really matters.”—Courtney Cox
                        31. “I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.”—Mitch Albom
                        32. “I have found being a mother has made me emotionally raw in many situations. Your heart is beating outside your body when you have a baby.”—Kate Beckinsale
                        33. “Single moms, you are a doctor, a teacher, a nurse, a maid, a cook, a referee, a heroine, a provider, a defender, a protector, a true Superwoman. Wear your cape proudly.”—Mandy Hale
                        34. “I’m not really single. I mean, I am, but I have a son. Being a single mother is different from being a single woman.”—Kate Hudson
                        35. “Being a single parent is twice the work, twice the stress, and twice the tears but also twice the hugs, twice the love, and twice the pride.”—Unknown
                        36. “For me, motherhood is learning about the strengths I didn’t know I had, and dealing with the fears I didn’t know existed.”—Halle Berry
                        37. “A single mom tries when things are hard. She never gives up. She believes in her family, even when things are tough. She knows that above all things… a mother’s love is more than enough.”—Denice Williams
                        38. “You do the best you can. Some days you feel really good about yourself and some days you don’t.”—Katie Holmes
                        39. “I would say to any single parent currently feeling the weight of stereotype or stigmatization that I am prouder of my years as a single mother than of any other part of my life.”JK Rowling
                        40. “Just because I am a single mother doesn’t mean I cannot be a success.”—Yvonne Kaloki
                        41. “I didn’t plan on being a single mom, but you have to deal with the cards you are dealt the best way you can.”—Tichina Arnold
                        42. “Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.”—Garrison Keillor
                        43. “A single mom tries when things are hard. She never gives up. She believes in her family, even when things are tough. She knows that above all things, a mother’s love is more than enough.”—Deniece Williams
                        44. “Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials.”—Meryl Streep
                        45. “Having kids—the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings—is the biggest job anyone can embark on.”—Maria Shriver
                        46. “Mother is a verb. It’s something you do. Not just who you are.”—Cheryl Lacey Donovan
                        47. “A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dates all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.”—Agatha Christie
                        48. “A mother’s arms are more comforting than anyone else’s.”—Princess Diana
                        49. “The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”—W.R. Wallace
                        50. “Being a mother is the greatest blessing and the hardest challenge in all of life.”—Dr. Magdalena Battles

                        Final Thoughts

                        Single moms are remarkable women. They are to be respected and honored for all that they do. If you know a single mom, then share this article with them. Tell them “you are doing a great job as a single mom.” They need our encouragement and support.

                        They may be parenting alone, but it is good to let them know that there are people in their life who care for them. We can all be there for the single moms out there. Even if it is just to say, “keep up the great work, you are an amazing woman!”

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                        If you are a single mom, keep up the good work! You are amazing, and your kids are lucky to have you!

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