There is much advice for parents out there looking to help their kids learn ways to entertain themselves. The problem is that kids need to feel comfortable with being bored before they’re able to understand that they don’t have to be entertained or kept busy all of the time.
We live in a world where being busy, rather than being productive or present, is more important. Today we’re going to help you guide your kids forward in being more self-sufficient and able to entertain themselves when you’re doing something else and can’t tend to their every whim at the moment.
Create a Playful Environment
Make sure you have options around the home for your kids to entertain themselves with. This includes having a kid-friendly bookshelf in the home, toys in a play bin, and other options that are things your kids can get into without adult supervision.
Having a playful environment with kid-friendly options around them will encourage your kids to grab and play with items or read a book while you’re busy doing other things.
Help Your Kids
During the initial stages of trying to get your kids to entertain themselves, you’re going to need to guide them with some tips and direction. Help your kids understand that you’re going to be busy but here are a few items you can enjoy while.
Conversing with your kids before you get too busy to engage with them will help them know what’s expected of them for this period of time that you’ll be busy with other things.
Delegate Older Kids
Another way to help kids entertain themselves is to put the responsibility on the shoulders of your older kids. The older siblings can help guide their siblings towards safe things to do and this will strengthen their sibling bond as they engage with their little siblings.
Delegating some responsibility of entertaining kids to the older kids will help your older kids understand the value of teamwork and helping the family.
Create a Safe Space
If you have super young kids who can’t just run around the house aimlessly, then create a safe space where the kids can play. This may mean getting a small kid playpen area or using the playpen-style fencing that’s meant for indoor play for puppies.
Using equipment that helps keep your younger kids in a section of the home where you can see them but they can play independently will encourage your kids to entertain themselves more frequently.
These are just a few ways you can work to help your kids learn new ways to entertain themselves. Parents have a lot of responsibilities, too, so it’s imperative that we create a home environment that encourages the kids to play independently whenever we have a busy day ahead of ourselves.