No matter what part of the country you are in, chances are good that you will be stuck inside with your kids due to the weather. It may be snowing, or raining, or you might even have a windstorm to deal with. Rainy days used to mean I had a good excuse to curl up with a book and a cup of tea. Now it means my boys will be bouncing off the walls with too much bottled up energy. If you find yourself in similar dire straits, here are 3 C’s to help you keep your cool (and maybe get to enjoy that book after all).
The mind of a boy is an amazing thing. From the time they are old enough to understand that things can come apart, they are either building something or deconstructing it. Keep their minds and hands busy with one of following ideas.
- Build a fort – Do you have a fort-building kit that you have put away? Even something as simple as blankets draped over chairs will give them enough fodder for imaginative play.
- Gather up the cardboard boxes – I am always amazed at what boys can make out of a simple box. Add in markers for decoration, and you have a day-long project that will keep them happy. Whatever their interests are, it can be made out of cardboard: ships, rockets, swords and shields. The sky is the limit.
The lyrics “Anything you can do, I can do better” from Broadway’s Annie Get Your Gun offer a glimpse into human nature. Nothing stirs a boy’s interest quite like competition. The desire to be the best can sometimes cause more friction, but here are some ideas to keep the competition friendly.
- Build Puzzles – Do you have several puzzles with the same a
mount of pieces? You can compete two ways. Have each child start a different puzzle, and see who finishes first. Or, you can time each child on one puzzle to see who was able to complete it first.
- Play a Game – Whether it’s a board game or a video game, get everyone involved. If they can’t agree on one, do it Round Robin style –set a time limit and switch to the next game, even if they haven’t finished.
If you have the space, consider corralling and focusing their energy on exercising. Boys of all ages are proud to “strut their stuff” when asked to see their muscles. Use that to your advantage and let them wear themselves out!
- Challenge them to Exercise
- How many push-ups can they do (properly)? This will not only give them a workout, but will probably give you some laughs as well.
- Put in an exercise video or YouTube one for them to follow, and then enjoy the quiet once they collapse.
- Build a Ninja Obstacle Course for them to run through. Include safe areas for them to jump through, crawl through, and even balance on like a tightrope.
In the end, most children just need help focusing their energy. Hopefully these ideas jump-started some of your own, and you are well on your way to that next chapter!
I am a Stay-at-Home-Mom of two boys, ages 8 and 6, who keep me on my toes. I started SnazzyLads.com in October of 2017 with the desire to help other moms find great deals for their boys. If I’m not searching for deals, you can usually find me on Pinterest or reading a book.
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