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Bored Bunch? 4 Ways to Add More Fun in Your Family’s Life

If you think you may scream at the next kid who enters the room while stating that they are bored and you must admit that you are a little bored yourself, then it is time to do some fun activities with your family. These activities will help build memories lasting a lifetime while strengthening family ties. Here are four ideas to get you thinking about how to beat boredom in your family.

Go on a Trip

Rather it is just to a neighboring county or even a staycation, going on a trip together is a wonderful way to beat boredom. Get everyone involved in the planning process by giving everyone part of the adventure to plan, and require that they give a report on the information that they have garnered during a family meeting. Perhaps your family will want to go to Disneyland, Universal Studio or Legoland, and they may even be willing to help earn extra money to make those trips a reality. Alternatively, they may choose to go to France, Ireland or England. If you do not have the time or finances to go somewhere extra special, then make sure to check out local museums.

Relax in a Hot Tub

Hot tubs are a great place for conversations between family members. There are also many fun games that can be played in the hot tub. Other times, family members may enjoy just soaking in the hot water. Set up rules for using the hot tub, and make sure that it is safe for all family members by keeping the temperature set below 104 degrees, installing slip-resistant steps, installing jump-seats for smaller family members and keeping it properly fenced. Making sure that everyone participates in taking care of the hot tub not only helps beat boredom but makes time spent in it seem more rewarding. If your hot tub develops a problem, then make sure to get hot tub repair before you and your family want to play in it to beat boredom.

Learn Something New

There are many things that families can learn about together. For example, building a model railroad is a great way to learn about history, how trains were important to early settlers and even mathematics as you build the layout. Other families may enjoy cooking foods from around the world together like crepes from France, sate from Indonesia and antojitos from Mexico. Get everyone involved with the grocery shopping, food preparation and eating. You may even want to put a world map on the wall showing what countries your family has visited with their dining.

Play Board Games

There are many board games that the whole family can enjoy playing. These games not only beat boredom, but they give you a great opportunity to teach skills such as taking turns, losing gracefully and help build reasoning and critical thinking skills. Children can even help build outdoor board games like hopscotch and checkers using pavers. On the other hand, they may want to create their own board game on a piece of posterboard and write their own rules. The most important thing, however, is that your family will be having a great time playing together.

Use these four ideas to beat boredom in your family while strengthening how well your children are prepared to face the world by teaching them to make plans, carry through with promises and work together as a team. Make sure to join in the fun so that you can beat your own boredom while you learn new things as well. Family members will love strengthening ties between them while having a great time, and they will build members that will last a lifetime.

Tim Esterdahl

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