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Bored yet?

Has boredom hit your house?

Kids who complain “It’s boring” or “I’m bored” have a wonderful opportunity to read a book, climb a tree, ride a bike or help you clean out a closet. Really!

Can your child – all by himself – find something meaningful to do with a free hour or afternoon?

Help your child unplug by watching him initiate a project, come up with a neat idea or help someone.

These summer days aren’t boring if we support children to become more self-reliant and to think independently.

To share or not to share?

Our sharing economy has triggered countless embarrassing images appearing online.

Although transparency is becoming a cultural virtue, consider where you set sharing boundaries. After all, a picture of a naked six month old might not seem funny or harmless when that child is a tween or teen.

How real is too real?

Parents of some middle and junior high students are nervously awaiting the summer reading lists their child will bring home.

Last year, some angry parents were offended by authors who pushed boundaries beyond acceptability for their child’s developmental level.

As books deal with the weighty and complex issues kids face today, some authors do not censor traits and behaviors of their characters. They argue that authenticity is essential to the story.

But how real is too real?

We’ll see where teachers and administrators set the boundaries this summer.

“I care about you”

If you’re still making arrangements to keep kids engaged this summer, considering adding “social impact experiences” to the regular schedule.

Your child might walk an aging dog for a neighbor, don disposable gloves to pick up trash along your street or playground, or sort and stock cans at a local food pantry.

These “do good” activities are especially good for tweens, who aren’t old enough for a paying job. Empathy, or caring for and about others, takes root before the teen years, so summer is a great time to make this happen.

Adverts be gone

Five years ago, fellow early childhood educators were still warning parents to mute or turn off offensive TV ads.

What a difference a few years makes.

Thanks to Netflix and other streaming services, many kids rarely see a screen ad.

I guess that’s why children watch toy commercials on YouTube.

Jelly beans and chocolate bunnies

This is a powerhouse week for candy sales.

Although Halloween and Valentine’s Day spike sales, the week that leads up to Easter is sweetest.

Also big this week: food coloring. Peeps are more fun.

Unboxing delight

Perhaps like you, I’m an unboxing fan.

Some of the joy in shipping boxes to grandsons is anticipating the unboxing video.

But this “theater on social media” doesn’t only happen after a gift is purchased. Research shows that one in five consumers has watched unboxing a product before purchasing it.

Evidently, I stepped directly into an effective marketing strategy.