Daddy I'm Bored...Joining a Club

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One method for overcoming boredom in your child is to do a little advanced thinking.  Although you don’t want to overwhelm your child by providing too many options, several opportunities exist that can provide hours of activities your child can do during those “I’m bored” times.   By thinking ahead some, you may be able to decrease the frequency of those moments.  Having spent eleven years in 4-H, many boredom hours turned into creating things from the ideas I learned in my own 4-H manuals.  This program (originally developed over 100 years ago) has become one of the largest youth development organizations in the US.  The beginning of 4-H was agricultural in nature; however,  as our society has changed, so has 4-H.  Technology, science, and leadership are other areas where your child may excel with their involvement in 4-H.  This American-based organization is now developed in more than 80 countries across the globe.  Children from ages 9 through 19 may join a local 4-H club to enroll in different programs based on their own interests.  4-H has also developed the “Cloverbuds” for children aged 5 to 9 in some areas.  To locate a club in your area, you can either call your local extension office or visit their website.   http://www.4-h.org/default.aspx

The Boy Scouts of America program is a club for boys that develops future leaders and builds character and develops personal fitness.  This program was developed in 1910 to promote civic responsibility and leadership.  Cub Scouts (boys 7-10 years of age) and Boy Scouts (boys 11-17 years of age) are run by the same organization.  To locate a club near you, visit this website:   http://www.scouting.org/

Similar to the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scout organization began in 1912 with the purpose of providing girls the opportunity to develop physically, mentally, and spiritually.  Girl Scouts tackle important social issues and focus on empowering girls.  The focus on healthy living along with civic engagement is developed to provide young girls with opportunities that develop skills to earn badges.  The mission of the Girl Scouts is to “build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.”  To locate a local club for your daughter, or volunteer as a Girl Scout Leader, visit this website:  http://www.girlscouts.org/join/

4-H, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts not the only well-known organizations that provide opportunities for children of all ages.  The Boys Club and The Girls Club through a local YMCA can be another option to consider for your child as well.  One other organization that provides opportunities for children is Kids Care, a program stemming from the Generation On Organization.

http://www.kidscare.org/

Kids Care Clubs is an organization of community service volunteer groups specifically for children.  The club began in 1990 with the goal of inspiring our youth to change the world through community service.  The objective of the organization is to develop compassion and social responsibility while educating children about various issues within the community.  The organization provides monthly challenges for Kids Care Clubs, while the local clubs decide on the method to meet the goal.  Registration is free, so if you’re interested in providing this type of opportunity for your child, visit the website to see if there is a local club in your area.  If there isn’t, you can also register to start a Kids Care Club in your area. 

Children's Books Recommendations for Story Time

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Looking for a good book to read to your child? I have my master list of books that are can't miss choices on the first go around...and many subsequent re-reads. These books will not only be big hits with your child, but they’ll also be interesting enough to entertain you as well. After two years of children’s stories, I can assure you your child isn’t the only one that can be brought to tears with the wrong story time choice; too much of a bad read can bring a parent to the brink as well.

College Visits: Be There to Show You Care

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Oh, the joys of college visits. Parents drive for hours while their teenager snores in the backseat until they reach the campus. Then they attend an informational meeting led by a peppy college student who is employed by the admissions office, and this person cleverly highlights the college’s bright spots and manages to answer any question thrown his or her way, even if the answer has little to do with what was asked. Parents listen intently, especially when tuition is mentioned, and the potential students yawn and glance at cell phones. After a half hour or so, everyone is whisked away to tour the campus, which, they are assured, is the most picturesque, the most accessible, the safest, the greenest, etc. Tour guides point to buildings and give them apparently meaningful names and present a recently cleaned dorm room to the group’s inspection.

Daddy, I’m bored!!

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Daddy, I’m bored!! Ever hear that statement from your child? Sometimes it seems as if they could stand in the middle of a room full of toys, and they are still bored. This is your time to create those memorable moments that will last a lifetime.

Blue Ribbons and Good Times

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Shiny blue ribbons, mooing cows, and sweaty summer days seem to epitomize 4-H for many. 4-Hers haul their animals off the family farm and drag them to the county fair where the animals are spiffed up and shown for bragging rights… right? Well, 4-H entails much more; it requires hard work and dedication and provides a time for kids and their parents to work together towards a common goal, whether that is first place for a pig or grand champion on a poster. For a busy dad, 4-H may seem daunting. Surprisingly, it’s not only manageable but truly rewarding.

Benefits of Volunteering

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volunteer helping charity handsWhen our children were quite young (not toddlers), we made a concerted effort to provide them with multiple opportunities for volunteering. Originally our intent was to make it a family-oriented activity and to instill a sense of caring and sharing. But somewhere along the way to raising our boys into adulthood, we discovered that we gained much more than we gave. Let me show you some of the hidden benefits of volunteering….

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