Summer Anti-Boredom List

By: Deborah Shelton

Before summer vacation turns into a boredom fest, sit down as a family and make a summer anti-boredom list. Write down a mixture of long overdue chores that you've been meaning to get done, along with goals and dreams that you've always wanted to accomplish. Don't leave out the fantastic! If you've always wanted to ride on a unicorn, even though there is no such animal, write it down. You may read the list one day when you're bored, see the unicorn wish, and decide to take horseback riding lessons.

With an anti-boredom list displayed prominently on the refrigerator, fun is just around the corner. Take a look at my family's summer anti-boredom list to get an idea. By the way, can you tell which entries belong to our five-year-old son?

Deborah Shelton is a mother, freelance writer, and author of the brand new book, "The Five Minute Parent: Fun & Fast Activities for You and Your Little Ones." Visit Deborah's website for more family-friendly ideas:

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