Well, this month has been interesting, hasn't it? I'm sure you're reading this from home because, let's be honest, we're all stuck at home these days. It has definitely been interesting trying to keep my kids (aged 4 and 7) busy while also trying to get some work done. Fortunately, I was mostly scheduled to be off on Spring Break this week, so not too much has changed in our daily routine. Yet. :) I'm sure most of you are going through the same things!
So, to help you guys out with the new challenges of entertaining kids without all of our usual activities, I decided to write a post that includes some of my favourite online resources. Stay tuned for another post all about my favourite stay-at-home (or otherwise social-distancing) fun activities.
First off, I want to add a little caveat. As a parent, language development expert, lover of all things kids and play, I have to say: It is okay for your child to be bored. I'm going to say it again for the people in the back.
It is okay for your kid to be bored!
Bored is not a bad word. From boredom comes the fire of creativity. Okay, maybe that's a bit much, but certainly boredom helps our children develop certain important skills like problem solving, emotional regulation, executive functioning, play skills, social skills (especially if your bored kid has an equally bored sibling!), and - yes - creativity. So, if your child is whining about being bored, maybe wait a smidge longer than usual before handing them some entertainment or suggestions. More often than not, after about the 5th (or 500th? Eesh) time they ask you to entertain them, they will go off and find something to do themselves.
BUT, that's not always the case. Sometimes they don't. And sometimes, we as parents just don't have it in us to wait through all the whining. And that's why I'm here to help! Here are a couple online sites (mostly learning-related) that you can give your child when they really need some downtime or screen time.
I wish you all the best in these trying times! Stay tuned for an upcoming post about my favourite do-at-home activities for keeping kids busy and learning. Feel free to comment with other favourite online resources below.
Thanks for reading!
Carla Monteleone & Deborah Carter own and operate Grow Speech and Language Therapy in Vancouver, BC