How We Beat Boredom This Summer

August 30, 2011

Hey, you guys! Meet Nancy! Nancy’s going to be contributing here, offering advice on how to most effectively integrate technology into family life and really have it enhance family life. She know what she’s talking about, so you should totally listen to her. In Nancy’s own words:

“Hi everyone! My name is Nancy and I work for Intel Canada and am a Mom of 2 kids. I have learned that there are some really cool things that technology can do to simplify my life. Aren’t we are all looking for that perfect, portable gadget to fit into our busy, multitasking lifestyles? And looking for what is actually out there that can help us stay connected, yet mobile and productive? Well, hopefully I will be able to answer a few questions regarding the cool tools that help make our lives easier.”

Take it away, Nancy!

“I’m bored”

Ughhhhh those famous summer school break words, uttered out of my son’s mouth at the beginning of this summer.

How did I end up being the entertainment director for my son? I guess the only person I have to blame is myself. My son’s preference would be to play video games and sit in front of the TV all day. Going out for a bike ride or finding a friend to play with isn’t high on his list. He tends to be a bit of a loner. So I am always looking for interesting things to do that gets him moving.

So this summer, although this may sound a bit bizarre and every child is different, we built out a schedule that helps him know what he needs to accomplish every day. Using Google calendar and a daily web diary of ‘what I did on my summer vacation’ we covered the following:

* Reading – As school is hard for him we want to keep his reading up, we have him go on where he must read out loud a story that has questions at the end to demonstrate his comprehension of what he has learned.
* Fitness – Daddy bootcamp is usually one physical activity a day where he must swim lengths at the local pool, run or ball hockey lessons from the neighbor’s son or setting up a cross training activity at the school grounds. We monitor his time or lengths accomplished in his daily web diary to show his success.
* Chores – making his bed every day and helping around the house is part of getting his $5 allowance every week.
* Special Events – the great places we visit all captured in pictures in his diary- the Zoo, Science Centre or the vacation with his cousins.

At the end of every day we sat down and discussed what he wanted to put in his diary, what he liked about the day and what he would want to change. And now, at the end of the summer, he has a “What I did on my Summer Vacation” for the first week back to school.

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    Lisa September 5, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I think boredom is a real gift. Great discoveries come out of boredom. And, honestly, how much of adult life is fun and games and action? Don’t you think figuring your own way out of boredom is a valuable skill to learn? Aren’t there plenty of articles about 20-somethings bored in their jobs, bored in their relationships with no idea what to do about it?

    Nancy Demerling September 6, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Yes I agree I think I have to organize too much of my son’s life. When I was growing up I would go over to my firend’s house and we would make plans to do things together without a parent managing it. However my son is quite different from me and requires some help to get his day going. My daughter on the other hand is completely independent and manages her social calendar and activities. So yes from a parent perspective if you can step back and let your child use their imagination to think for themselves all the better.
    I also think that we need to be careful that we don’t paint 20-somethings with one colour of paint, we start to sound like our parents pointing at the next generation and quick to find fault. I have nieces that are very imaginative and excited about their careers.

    Lisa (2) September 6, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Nice article! Keep it up!

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