A Change of Scenery

By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | July 3, 2012

When children are in one spot too long they get antsy— restless. There is no school, their friends are all busy and it’s too hot to be outdoors for long. Before you know it they are fighting with their brother, teasing their sister or become attached to the end of your nose. Well, that may be an exaggeration but you can tell when they have reached their limits.

My mother had a sure-fire solution for, “I’m bored!” She would write down a list of chores as long as your arm: weed the garden, mend the button, dust, vacuum, pick the beans, shuck the corn… and that was just for starters! My mother was a workaholic but we kids were not so we only used the phrase “I’m bored” once every summer.

When time or funds are short and a vacation will not fit into your schedule then try the next best thing— changing the scenery. Babies love fresh air and often enjoy a restful nap afterward. School-aged kids enjoy a break for a bike ride, a water balloon game in the park or a picnic of bologna and bread. Preteens might like a hike through a mall on a scavenger hunt or meeting friends at the library. Teens may enjoy looking for bargain fashion accessories at a thrift shop or taking a younger neighbor to mentor.

The whole idea is to break the monotony of a boring day and do something different, away from the usual four walls before climbing them. Breaking for a fifteen minute stroll to check the mailbox and get a glass of iced tea can help you look at a problem from a different perspective. You suddenly see solutions that were not there a few minutes before. You are only limited by your imagination.

Copyright © 2014 Jackie Saulmon Ramirez. All Rights Reserved.

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About Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

Jackie has volunteered for more than twenty years for children and family issues. Currently she writes for parents in the "Reminder" and "Parent Rap" Facebook page. If you are interested in receiving the "Reminder," send her a message.
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