Survey says, Max is bored being home with me everyday, all day.
You think I would have learned my lesson.
I used to laugh reading all those Facebook posts of moms cringing that summer was coming – that they were already counting down the days until their kids were BACK in school. It can’t be THAT BAD right? I mean, for those few years before pre-k Max never went to school anyways!
Right now today I say with full honestly – how the F did I ever get anything done???
It’s only about a week into summer vacation and I am stressing. You are torn between being a bad mom – letting your kid sit around and watch movies and play on an iPad while you get work done – and just being out of a routine. I used to get up and get him out the door everyday – now I the exercise itch because I’m not only NOT going to classes almost every day like I used to, but we aren’t even leaving the house – except to perhaps go down stairs to our pool for a few hours out of guilt.
Now I see why parents are investing in those hefty price tag summer camps – it’s just better for everyone!
So, you learn as you go, and I’m here to let you know – summer is hard. So I’ve been scrambling to find some solutions. Of course, one is summer camp – Max will be going to a mix between his new school and NY Kids Club this summer, but still that leaves him here at home two days a week. I can’t have him just playing on iPads, and the pool only lasts so much. So beyond the usual day trips we take for work to Coney Island and NYC museums – I found a fun addition to our household to keep Max entertained through education.
Brilliant name if you ask me – because it really is what lays past the electronics. We peeked into a private event last week with some other fellow moms to try out these new “board games of the future” and I was pleased to see what they have come up with.
I am obviously the mom who prefers adventure and exploring over indoor toys and games, but you have to have a quality set of items at home on supply for those days that you are. So between Legos and Playdoh, we have a gadget.
This Beyond Tablet comes with three components – a “board,” different game “maps,” and then the pieces to go with that game. One of our favorites? A newer tactical version of Battleship with submarines you place on the board. They also have musical options, memory games and a sudoko style board that you can mix and match as you go.
You would think this would be a great Christmas gift, but I’m going to go and say – gift yourself for summer and get your kids one of these so they can educationally be entertained for a while instead of just watching mind numbing YouTube videos.
Anyways, it’s only July 7 and we have a long way to go – stay tuned to see what else we find this summer to survive until back to school!
About Beyond Tablet:
Cost: $199 for the main board (with 4 games), $19-$49 for additional games.
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Author: Stephanie Barnhart
Stephanie Barnhart is Author/Founder of Footballfoodandmotherhood.com, New York Editor for Mommy Nearest Magazine, and Founder/Social Media Strategist of SocialmindedMediaGroup.com. Stephanie is also a speaker of best online practices for small business and soloprenurs, as well as an educator to parents on social media monitoring. She has also been seen in the New York Times, PARENTGUIDE News, NY Metro Parent, ABC News, and been a contributing author on various websites.