To prevent your kids from complaining about being bored, try these readers’ advice
Q: April is full of school-holiday time. To prevent the inevitable ‘Mom, I’m bored’, we asked: how do you successfully entertain your children without resorting to all day TV-watching and computer games?
A: ‘When my son was younger, I kept a big box full of empty egg cartons, wrapping paper, glue, glitter, paint, old Christmas cards and blunt scissors. I’d cover the floor with newspaper and haul out the box. After a few hours of leaving him to his creative devices, we would bake and decorate cupcakes together.’
Angel Conradie (mother of one, age 20)
A: ‘During the school holidays I employ a teacher who gives them private lessons at home for two hours a day until lunch time. Then it’s time for an afternoon nap until 4pm, and only then do we take out the toys and switch on the TV.’
Summy Chinomso Okoroh (mother of two, ages 4 and 6)
A: ‘We ask our boys to write down three activities and throw them into a hat. Every second day, we draw an activity. It usually includes adventure golf, going to the movies, ice-skating and educational trips to places like the Sterkfontein Caves. It’s real quality time.’
Rina Calitz (mother of two, ages 11 and 13)
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