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Squashing Summer Boredom


Check out churches, soup kitchens, or community centers in your area for volunteer opportunities that are appropriate for kids, and encourage your child to get involved. Volunteering will do more for your child than just keep him busy: it will offer him a new perspective and introduce him to new and interesting people. Best of all, he'll feel good about helping others.

Put on a Production

Let your children experience the thrill of the stage by organizing a play, a film, or a dance with them and their friends. Have the group develop a story idea, write a script, and make costumes. Once the production is ready, assemble family members to watch the performance and perhaps videotape it. This is a fun and creative way for your kids to spend their time, and they can be proud of the end result on show night.


If you enjoy gardening, share your hobby with your kids. It's a great way to get your children away from the television and out into the sunshine. Gardening can be hard work, but your kids can help with the lighter tasks, and they'll enjoy learning about the plants and flowers that grow in your yard. Enjoy making the outdoors beautiful together - it's a great way to bond with your family!



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