As a single mom, I had no time for whining and/or complaining. A child who ran out of sleep to catch up on, television to watch or friends to play with was a kid who had time to get into trouble. I could see the signs and I had a habit of suggesting, after they helped me finish the chores, we could all go do something together. One year we went to Mexico for a day trip for shopping and eating strange food! One year we pitched a virtual tent city in the yard and called it the fort. We did camp and fish and go places, but sometimes we stayed home and made a mess. There was the potato cannon phase and the water balloon wars.
My plan is now and always was, keep them busy. It's a sort of "Head them off at the pass" approach! I have crafts, art supplies, ideas and idea books. It is a lot easier to talk kids into doing something crafty when you point out to them that Christmas is always coming and they are always busy at that time of year. The grandson started his first woven pot holder project today and the grand daughter will take lessons in embroidery this weekend.
Again, You are asking, what does this to do with preparing for hard times?
Keeping kids busy, crafting, working, trying to do something they have never done before and doing it with out the use of an I device or an MP3 player is one step away from working, living, creating without electricity.
The Summertime boredom is a tool you can use to teach your kids the things they can use later in life. Trust me. How on earth do you think I managed to get three out of four of them to mend and sew their own buttons on? They learned stitching from summertime crafts. There was a huge thing about patches and having them on your clothes so I taught them how to make them and sew them on. These skills later came in handy when they were on their own. They were not afraid of a needle and thread! The Marine had to stop taking in laundry while he was in basic and start teaching basic laundry classes to the sheltered marines who came to boot without any training. He was making too much money, they made him quit!
|popsicle stick catapult|
|Ya gotta love the Cub Scouts for crafts|
|My brother did one like this in less than|
a week one summer!
As a parent I suggest you get those kids involved in your chores to teach them how to live, then get involved in their fun stuff so you know what they are up to and you are seen having fun with them, not just complaining about whining kids.