Monday, August 10, 2015

Book review: How to Entertain, Distract and Unplug Your Kids

*Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone. 

My kids are fantastic little people and we've been having a fun summer. We've traveled and gone to museums and adventured in the parks and areas around our home. There has been much togetherness. Which is great for much of the time, but I actually do have things to accomplish for blogs and for Trekaroo and of course, the laundry is always piling up on me. And I don't like the kids to play electronic devices for hours on end. Usually I can get them to actually play with their toys (imagine that!), but sometimes they lack imagination for that. Enter a really fun (and funny!) new book by Matthew Jervis called How to Entertain, Distract and Unplug Your Kids. Here's a bit about the book, from the publisher's website:

A fun and practical guide to keeping kids engaged and off your phone.

Face it. Your kids don’t want you around ALL the time! As much as you’d like to build that go-cart or that amazing tree house for them, you also need a little time for yourself!

Sure, we’d all like to hand our kids the phone when things get tough, but down deep we know that screen time will not build world leaders. So how does a parent like you keep those little rug rats entertained and engaged in a meaningful way while you get your own stuff done?

Well, this book is a good start! With these simple tricks, you will turn their boredom into fun, teachable, and productive (sometimes) moments in this irreverent yet practical guide.

When I picked up this book for the first time, I planned to just skim through it briefly and look at it in more detail later. This did not happen and instead I found myself carefully reading each page and laughing at the author's observations and comments about parenting. I also loved the actual ideas that he presented. Some of them are really simple, like decorating Pebble People, but are still not things I would have thought to suggest to my kids for activities.

In addition to the ideas for crafts and indoor activities, there are sections on teaching kids to be responsible in the home, help out in the kitchen, entertaining car trip ideas and outdoor fun.  I love the combination of helping kids come up with ideas to entertain themselves while also becoming helpful and contributing members of the family!

This book is a fun read and has great ideas that I know I will be using frequently with my small people. Pick up a copy for your home at your favorite bookseller!