Join Date: May 2002
Location: North of Seattle
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I have a toddler now, and dd's will be 11 and 12 this summer. They get bored sooo easily, and everything we do seems to bore them. We also do parks, Science Center, Zoo. They act like they're getting to "old" for that...It's so hard to get them involved with something, and try to keep tabs on my little one at the same time.
I know they feel pushed aside sometimes, because we have to work everything around ds schedule, and his needs usually need to be met first. I'm going to have my mom babysit ds so the girls and I can go have some fun once in a while. Do something they enjoy, and they can get my undivided attention!
It's the "everyone together" that can be difficult...
What about the Library? I have two avid readers, and our library has a teen book club. When we go to the library everybody gets to pick out there own books/magazines. Last summer we checked out an Ethnic cookbook, and they got to choose some fun new recipes to help make. Everything from Curry to homemade Ice Cream! I also checked out a lot of Family Fun magazines. It's geared for the younger ages, but I found some fun ideas. You might be able to invlove everyone when several different activities.
I've found it helps when my girls invite there friends over too. I find they're more likely to get involved with an activity when they have a friend over. Even if they just "hang out" around the house, at least they aren't as bored. They always like to entertain my little one- and he loves the attention!
I hope this helps you a little. I'm interested in hearing some other ideas too!