August: Missing you at home?

August: Missing you at home?
August: Missing you at home?

Child psychologist will tell you what to do if vacation travel is over.

August: Missing you at home?

Consultation with child psychologist Natalya Barlozhetskaya.

My 10-year-old son visited a children's camp in the Moscow region in the summer, rested with his grandmother in Anapa, stayed with another grandmother in Palanga, then the whole family went to the sea to Turkey and sat in the country. Now, being at home, he whines that he is bored and has nothing to do. TV and computer are the only things he is interested in.

In our society, children are used to always being entertained. Television, the Internet, computer games and movies do not give a minute of rest. Even on vacation, the children are entertained by counselors in children's camps, animators in hotels and parents on vacation. Water parks, trampolines, bananas, go-karts, children's slot machines fill the rest of children and parents. As a result, the child gets used to this celebration of life, and insipid everyday life is perceived by him as a punishment.

We have to face the unfortunate truth that our children have become somewhat dependent. They have forgotten how to walk, play with friends on the street, are not fond of sports and have no hobbies, but they are constantly waiting for someone to entertain them. And this is part of the fault of the parents.

What to do?

When planning a vacation, try to evenly distribute the time spent in the camp, at the seaside, in the country, etc. Frequent changes in vacation spots can adversely affect the he alth of the child, because each time his body has to adapt to new, domestic and social conditions. On average, no more than three moves per summer are recommended for a school-age child.

1. If you're on vacation together, start small traditions and keep them going. Let's say you can arrange a quiet hour after dinner - a time when the child and you sleep or read; evening exercise - a traditional joint walk, etc.

2. Teach your child to play those games that are familiar to you from childhood. Play together first, then map out ways to do more and tell your child, "I'm going to take a break, you call the kids and play with them."

3. Make a list with your child of things they can do if they get bored.

4. If your child keeps pestering you, say, "I know I get bored sometimes too." Listen carefully to the child, but do not try to do anything yourself. In the end, he will understand that you do not intend to do anything, and will find something to do.

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