Your little bundle of joy may be one in a million, but that only makes bringing them up all the harder. It can be hard to know how to balance the serious and the fun elements of life in order to help your little one grow up into a well-rounded and happy adult without boring them too much during their childhood or making them unhappy. Of course, you definitely shouldn’t be denying your child the fun things in life, even if they do seem small and trivial. Laughing and having fun is all part of developing in a healthy way, and it feeds into their understanding of the divide between the serious and the not-so-serious elements of life. If you’re struggling to keep your kid entertained at home or when you’re out and about, of course, here are some ways to overcome this endless uphill battle.
Teaching your kids outside of school.
I know what you’re thinking: “I said I wanted to entertain my kids – not bore them to death!” Well, education is something we all need from an early age throughout the rest of our lives, and neglecting this is only going to make it less enjoyable for kids who perhaps don’t take to the schooling system as well as other children. The best way to combat a child’s lack of excitement for education is to make learning fun for your young one, whether they’ve yet to start school or simply because they’re at home and you’ve got the opportunity to help them.
Language is a core skill, and it’s one which kids can grasp to different extents across different timescales. Some children become masters of reading, writing and speaking much quicker than others, but if yours is struggling, it doesn’t have to be up to their school to help teach them. You can help make language easier for them without them even realizing they’re being educated (sneaky, I know). Studies have shown that singing helps a child’s brain grow more effectively because it engages both sides of the brain. You can start when they’re in the womb, and then you can encourage them to sing along throughout their childhood. You don’t have to sound as good as Taylor Swift – don’t worry.
Travelling can be stressful.
Moving around, whether it’s on your journey to school, the shops or even on a nice, lovely holiday can be unpleasant for both you and your children if there’s nothing to stimulate their mind. Of course, the destination itself should involve something which is fun for your kid, but it might infuriate you when your little one continues to ask whether they’re “there yet” when you’ve barely reversed the car off your driveway. You should see this as a sign that your child just wants some mental stimulation on an otherwise uninspiring journey.
You could check out this page for some help with providing entertainment on the go. Watching a film or playing an educational game could help your child keep their brain active and engaged. There’s no reason you can’t help them on the go. You could play an imaginative game of “I spy” if you realize your brain is starting to wither on a long journey and you’d like to get in on the action too.
Have fun with your kids.
I’ve touched on this already, but the key to keeping your kids entertained is to be entertained with them. Watching TV together or playing badminton could be enough to put a smile on their face. Most of the time, your little one just wants to do something fun with you, and that’s enough to keep them happy; whether you’re educating them or goofing around, they’re going to be engaged when you, as the parent, are the one doing something with them.