4 Tips For Keeping Your Kids Busy This Summer - Including Let Them Be Bored

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If you've been going crazy for the past month with bored kids or teenagers, this is for you. It's four tips on how to keep your kids busy while they're out of school for the summer . . .

1. Have them find odd jobs to do in the neighborhood. Something like mowing lawns, babysitting, pet sitting, or just simple household chores will keep your kids busy AND provide them with a little spending money.

2. Try and get a jump start on the next school year. Even if your kids' school doesn't REQUIRE them to do homework or reading over the summer, have them do a little school work just to keep their minds sharp.

3. Volunteer work. Check out opportunities for them to volunteer at places like a church, soup kitchen, senior citizen center, or a local charity.

4. Let them be bored. Some psychologists say it's actually GOOD for kids to be bored in the summer because it helps them become more self-reliant and creative. If you're always shuttling them from one activity to the next, they'll never learn how to fill their own time.

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