Well derrr….you don’t say? There are moments in life when I wonder about the value of research – and I say this as a researcher! Do Sainsbury’s need to spend a vast amount of money to realise that children prefer the simple things in life?
Contrary to popular belief, children value time spent with friends and family over material entertainment. Intuitively this is something we parents already know, but the problem is that we're conditioned to feel guilty that we aren’t doing enough for our children if we don’t take them out to theme parks and fast food restaurants.
Newsflash!…if left to their own devices children don’t get bored! They might have a few moments of whingeing, but they very quickly find something to do and can entertain themselves for hours. A little boredom is actually good for kids as it helps them develop their creative skills. If we constantly force-feed them entertainment, we're denying them the chance to learn to enjoy being alone and find ways to entertain themselves.
Even on a rainy day there are plenty of things to do. Give them paper and paints, or salt-dough, or let them build a den and they'll be happy for hours.
So back away from the theme park, keep your hand away from your wallet and give your kids a summer holiday they'll remember!
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