Our Kids: Constructive Use of Time

The following tips are courtesy Ronn Jeffrey.

We’ve all heard the saying "Idol hands are the devils workshop." One of the biggest dilemmas for parents is figuring out how to keep their kids busy.

Keeping our kids busy doesn’t just keep them out of our hair but it teaches them valuable life lessons. Today we are going to talk about how to help our kids fill their time with constructive and enriching activities.



Children are happier and healthier when they engage in some form of spiritual activity. I’m not necessarily talking about religion, but I am suggesting that kids need to believe in something.

The world is very threatening and overwhelming to children and a belief that there is something bigger than them gives children a sense of security.

Spirituality may also help some children balance what they feel is right and wrong and good and bad in their lives.


The world is full of diverse people and our children need to understand they are part of a larger society.

Helping others helps children learn to be more accepting and learn how to work cooperatively.


It’s important for children to know they have an important role in their family.

Helping their little brother or sister study, taking out the trash, and cutting the grass, are all responsibilities that help our kids grow. They may not like them, but having they make our kids feel they are a valued member of the family.


We need to encourage our children to be involved in activities that challenge them, require problem solving and encourage children to accept responsibility.

Sports, music, and other fun activities help our kids learn how to smile and know that play can also be constructive


This is a favorite of mine. Kids need to be encourage to sometimes do nothing but lay down and imagine.

Children don’t need to be doing something every minute. When their bodies are quiet their minds are still working. The great thing about dreams is they are limitless. You can dream anything and most things you will do later in life began with a dream.



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