Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Keeping boys entertained in the holidays

 

Boy Time: How to Keep Your Lad Entertained This Easter


The Easter holidays will be here before we know it, and the last thing we want to hear is that dreaded cry of ‘mum, I’m bored!’ Mum and daughter girlie time can be as easy as a mooch round the shops and maybe a visit to a local nail bar, but when it comes to the lads in our lives, amusing them can be a bit more difficult, especially as they get older and wrestling them away from their gaming consoles can take up a whole day in itself!

With that in mind, here’s some ideas for some quality time with your boy this Easter:

Take him for lunch


When was the last time you had a one on one conversation with your son that wasn’t conducted with your back to him in the car or didn’t involve a rushed attempt to find out whether he’s done his homework/found a clean PE kit/tidied his room? Take him for a treat meal at his favourite pizza place and have a proper chat. Most of the big chains do meal deals during the week so you can eat and drink to your heart’s content, safe in the knowledge that the bill won’t put a dampener on things at the end of the meal.

Go to a theme park


There’s nothing like a few high octane thrills to inject a bit of excitement into the holidays. These days, most of us are lucky enough to be within driving distance of a big theme park. Arrive early, bring packed lunches and scour the Internet first for half price or two-for-one deals and you’re all set for an unforgettable day out for all the family. If you’re feeling really brave you could try the new Smiler roller coaster at Alton Towers. With 14 loops and ‘mind manipulators’ that tickle you, blind you, make you laugh and generally mess with your mind, it’s not for the faint-hearted! But if you don’t have the time and the cash for this, why not pack up a picnic, grab a football and head to the local park for an afternoon of fresh air (followed by an evening of trying to get grass stains out of your boy’s jeans!)

Treat him at the shops


Yes, it may be the holidays but normal life goes on – floors have to be hoovered, laundry needs to be hung out and the big weekly shop has to be done. So tell him his reward for not moaning when he has to go round the supermarket with you is something new to wear. A t-shirt, a new sweatshirt or a pair of boys jeans from George (to replace the stained pair!) will be bound to put a smile back on his face and may even persuade him that going shopping can be fun!

So whether it’s a pizza, a new pair of boy’s jeans or day of thrills and spills, when it comes to an Easter treat, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to putting a smile on your little lad’s face.



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11 comments:

  1. I love theme parks! My favourite is Alton Towers :)

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    1. I love theme parks too although I think with age I am getting scared!

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  2. trips to nail bars and shopping trips don't feature in keeping my sons and daughter entertained - the park, the allotment, geocaching, baking, board games and crafts are the sort of things we do on a daily basis and the children really enjoy them. Science experiments are pretty entertaining for my older son too :-)

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    1. I think if there younger its easier to keep them entertained I think this post is based on an older child's perspective science experiments sounds like great fun!

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  3. I don't understand why it's difficult to entertain boys at all; and I further don't understand why entertaining your daughter has to include nail bars or shopping - but your boy(s) can't benefit from that. I like to slay dragons with my 3YO daughter - just as my 8YO son sometimes dresses up or plays with dolls.

    In my world, entertaining the children consists of facilitating their own games; taking part in their games; and providing activities we can enjoy as a family. We absolutely do not engage in channelling their energies into Victorian-style gender roles; and we don't subscribe to this (IMO) appalling gender-stereotyping.

    By the way - Easter was weeks ago...

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    1. I think you are missing the point a bit, this is aimed at kids of all ages, she states "amusing them can be a bit more difficult, especially as they get older" so let me put it like this, a fifteen year old isn't going to want to pretend to slay dragons

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    2. thanks for your comments this is a guest post so read it as you will but I think its generally aimed at an older child or teenager and at an age such as 13 or even 10 in some cases whether we like it or not most boys, but not all would not visit a nail bar or want to go shopping with there mums ....

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  4. My little boy is 5 and he absolutely loves eating out and having a chat, it's a real treat for both of us. We also love a good shopping trip - as long as it includes lots of time to browse the toy shop - I, on the other hand, am limited to one shop!!!

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    1. aww my youngest loves shopping but the bigger one would much prefer not to be dragged round he loves to be outside but he does love time with his mummy too!

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  5. I don't have boys but these sound like great ideas....We especially like theme parks x

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    1. theme parks are very popular! the boys are just brave enough now - I wish I did have some girls in the house!

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