How To Combat Holiday Boredom

Executive Editor, Amanda Carter Gomes, offers tips and tricks for dealing with additional free time during the holiday break (and why she tries to avoid over-scheduling her family's calendar).
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I am not a very ambitious "breaker". In a few days, you are likely to find me taking walks with my babes around the neighborhood, baking and watching Christmas movies on repeat. We usually stick to one festive outing a day, and the rest of the time work on slowing things down and spending time together. 

It was not always this way. The realization that I can not do ALL the things (and the relief in discovering I did not have to) was a steep learning curve. It took multiple years of trying to squeeze it all in, make everyone happy and expose my children to as many festivities as possible before I became comfortable with the fact that this is not our style. We do not thrive on chaos and rushing and freezing fingers and long lines. 

Image Credit: Melissa O'Hearn

Image Credit: Melissa O'Hearn

I have created a tool kit, of sorts. Activities, books and ideas for getting us inspired when the inevitable "Mom, I'm bored" echoes throughout the house. Number one on our list? The Amazon Kindle For Kids. This honestly surprised even me. We have taken a very conservative route on technology at our house. Partly because we are sensitive about our children having too much screen time and partly because my husband and I are not the most technologically advanced parents (he works for a start up and I online, oh the irony). But thanks to the  Kindle For Kids' Amazon FreeTime, I have found technology I can get behind. 

Image Credit: Melissa O'Hearn

Image Credit: Melissa O'Hearn

With Amazon FreeTime, kids can read books in a simple, fun, and safe environment designed specifically for them (and parents can have peace of mind that kids won’t access inappropriate content, or accidentally buy anything, as Amazon FreeTime blocks access to purchasing in the Kindle Store). Kids are rewarded with achievement badges when they reach their reading milestones, and a progress report keeps parents updated on total time spent reading, number of words looked up, badges earned, and books read. Perfect for a book obsessed, competitive 7 year old boy (and his reluctant to adapt parents). 

Image Credit: Melissa O'Hearn

Image Credit: Melissa O'Hearn

Since this is actually the first reader our family has owned (I told you our learning curve was steep!), we chose the Bundle - it offers a 2 year worry-free guarantee, a kid-friendly case and a single battery charge that lasts weeks (plus the ability to hold thousands of books at one time). Sold! 

Image Credit: Melissa O'Hearn

Image Credit: Melissa O'Hearn

This year I doubt I will be hearing the "Mom, I'm bored" statements of Christmas past (insert huge pat on the back). And when we hit the road to our annual holiday gathering, I am challenging the painful cries of "Are we there yet?" by knowing exactly what to pack for the trip! 

Image Credit: Melissa O'Hearn

Image Credit: Melissa O'Hearn

I'd love to know, how do you combat boredom during school breaks and on road trips? 

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