Without fail, a week or two into their summer break, I start hearing the telltale cries of children with "nothing" to do. "Mom, I'm bored!" echoes throughout the house as if there isn't an abundance of toys, video games and family pets to occupy their time.
So, maybe this summer, instead of buying them another video game, put them to work! I'm sure by now your honey-do list has gotten pretty long, let them help you tackle it. Your list is probably full of things that need to get done before it gets too hot outside. Of course, they won't be able to help with everything, especially the bigger projects, but they can always pitch in and help paint something or hammer a nail.Does your backyard fence need a fresh coat of paint? That's something that a kid could do without too much trouble and a mistake could be easily fixed. Perhaps you need to make some minor repairs to your deck? Kids could help you sand down rough spots or even reseal the deck.
Getting your kids involved in repairs like these is a great way to teach them some basic home maintenance skills. Not only will this teach them skills they will retain throughout their life, but they will feel like they are contributing to the overall look of your home.
But remember to put safety first... Make sure kids are wearing the proper safety gear, are supervised at all times and that they aren't working above their skill level. But most important, remember to have fun!