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35 Amazing Things to Do When Your Kids are Bored

35 Amazing Things to Do When Your Kids are Bored

“Mom, Dad, I’m bored!”

“There is nothing to do all day!”

If you’re a parent, chances are you would have come across such tantrums from your kids. As a parent it can be quite aggravating as you wrack your brains for some creative solutions. Parents play a vital and irreplaceable role in a child’s life. The relationships they share with their kids have everlasting impacts on their personalities. It is a fact that children are never easy to raise, and there are no set guidelines or rules to follow as you wander into uncharted territory of being a mom or a dad.

Alia Sheikh, founder of Friv 2 (Games For Kids), rightly said “Life is beautiful when you play games, but if these games nurture your kid’s mental health, teach them some lessons, empowers them to become better people and spark creative juices to think out of box, it becomes even more beautiful”.

As a parent you want to prepare your child to deal with the bigger moral and social pitfalls of this modern, complex world that they will have to face throughout their life. But nobody said this preparation has to be a redundant cycle of joyless chores; it can be a fun and educational experience for both child and the parent. Boredom should be seen as an opportunity that can be used to divert your child’s attention into activities that provide an educational and interactive yet pleasurable experience. This will leave your kids with a feeling that their parent/s is/are involved in their lives and have not abandoned them.

So let’s see, you have provided your kid an entire bedroom full of toys, a whole art table, loads of interesting story books and yet that’s not necessarily enough, you might still hear them say the dreaded words “I am bored”. As a parent, this is the moment that you fire up those creative pistons in your head. Following are some of the activities that can make the apple of your eye squealing with delight once again.

Collaborative Activities

Activities done together or with a group of people are always entertaining and very valuable as they teach your kids team work, social interaction and critical communication skills:

1. Gather other neighborhood kids and encourage all of them to start a poetry club.

2. Excite them by saying “Let’s do some gardening.”

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3. Bake a cake with them.

4. Have them help you clean around the house making a lively activity out of it.

5. Enhance their technology skills by telling them to make an interesting video of themselves.

6. In a creative way boost their confidence by asking them to help others study in a fun way.

7. Ask them to communicate with their younger siblings in an attempt to understand each other better.

8. Make your child learn basic finances by arranging activities like engaging them in setting a budget for home, but in an amusing way, obviously.

9. Help them learn a new language.

10. Play truth and dare with them.

11. Allow them to throw pranks on their friends and family but maintain discipline.

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12. Engage them in some social work e.g. raising money for charity.

Creative Exercise

Creative exercises help stimulate a child’s development and let them enjoy themselves in their own unique way:

13. Ask them to dress like a certain character and then visit around the neighborhood, intending to make people laugh aloud.

14. Tell them to paint a picture they have in their minds.

15. Let them gather stamps to make their own stamp book.

16. Let them explore their creativity by letting them turn a box into something wacky.

17. Create a family tree.

18. Let them build a hut out of blocks.

19. Make a stuffed toy.

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20. Permit them to dye one of their white shirts.

21. Take them to out to sketch a beautiful view.

Pure Joy

Pure leisure activities are just as important and help your child relax and enjoy their off time from school; we’re only a kid once, after all!

22. Time to take Tommy out for a walk in a nearby park? Kids love bring pets or look at dogs at the park.

23. Cheer them up with their favorite cartoons.

24. Help them learn jump rope.

25. Allow them to blow as many bubbles they want to.

26. Learning a dance could be fun as well.

27. They could record themselves singing a song.

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28. Take them out camping.

29. Go out fishing with them.

30. Treat them by taking them to their choice of ice-cream parlor.

31. Let them play in a bubble bath.

32. Accommodate them with video games that can help them with some real life skills, such as cooking, maths, coordination, and patience.

33. Plan their next holiday. You could also make a plan about how they would like to ensure they make the most out of their school holidays.

34. They could listen to the radio.

35. Drive them to the zoo.

There are plenty of other things to do but it mainly depends on your child’s nature and what interests them most. You, as a parent, can put some more effort into knowing your child’s moods, thus choosing an appropriate activity to get them out of that mood when they tell you, “MAMA I AM BORED!”

Featured photo credit: Parents / nerdcoregirl via c2.staticflickr.com

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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