Our job as parents is to give kids a hand as we guide them through childhood. This is a pretty big job, which is why parents sometimes need a hand, too. Mamas for Mamas is committed to supporting mothers and caregivers in need, so make sure to explore their current programs.
There are, of course, many other ways to find a helping hand. One of the great things about parenting in the 21st century is that we all have an incredible tool to find the help we need: the internet! Because the internet is such a wealth of information, we’ve gathered up some of the best help that’s out there for top concerns all parents have — helping children learn, busting boredom, and staying connected as a family.
Education goes way beyond the walls of your child’s classroom. The best education starts at home, whether you’re looking for homeschool resources or you simply want to give your kids enriching activities that are as fun as they are educational.
When kids call out “I’m bored,” the easiest solution is to fall back on screen time. That’s perfectly fine some of the time, but these resources will give you some other options that kids of all ages will find just as entertaining.
Our kids need to learn independence and have plenty of free play, but it’s also important to spend quality time together as a family. These ideas range from educational and service projects to games that are just plain fun.
There’s no doubt that today’s connected society can be both positive and negative for us all, including families. We can probably all agree that having more resources is certainly helpful — it takes a village, after all! The next time you feel like your family is in a rut (or someone whines “I’m bored!), give these ideas a try!
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Kris Louis is mom to two rambunctious boys. Her oldest is 10 and her youngest is 7. A former advertising copywriter, she recently created parentingwithkris.com, where she puts her skills to work writing about the trials and tribulations of parenting. Kris, her husband, and two boys live in Durham, NC.