Mindfulness to combat summer break boredom

Over a third of parents admit to ‘bargaining’ with their children

The seemingly endless school holidays are in full force, and new research from disability charity Scope reveals that over a third (36%) of parents1 have resorted to bargaining with their kids when they and ‘play up’ in public.

The YouGov poll of 1,013 parents with children aged 18 and under reveals that in addition to bargaining, nearly half (46%) of parents admit having to tell their children off for unruly behaviour and 31% tried to distract them with something else to do, when their kids ‘play up’ in public.

For many parents, the summer months will mean long days to fill with fun, car journeys to distant destinations – and bored children. With an extended break from school, children across the country may be testing their parent’s patience.

As a result, Scope has introduced Mindful Monsters – a new and exciting way for parents to give their little ones important life skills, while spending quality time together.

Mindful Monsters are a pack of subscription-only activity cards, consisting of seven different activities, inspired by mindfulness for families each month. Proceeds go to Scope’s important work with disabled people and their families, and the cards have been developed with the input of parents, as well as endorsed by leading mindfulness expert, Michael Chaskalson.

Mum of two Nerys Jones, 34, a school teacher from Buckinghamshire : “Summer is a wonderful time, but the long break from school can mean there’s constant pressure to stop your kids getting bored.

Once boredom creeps in it is inevitable that tantrums and silly behaviour will sometimes happen. That’s why having something like Mindful Monsters to harness children’s energies and help them focus, is essential.

Mindful Monsters gives me a way of reconnecting with my children when they need some time out, and it’s a lovely way for me to spend quality one-on-one time with them.”

Mindful Monsters gives parents a helping hand when faced with tricky situations ranging from temper tantrums and meltdowns in public to quarrelling siblings. The simple and fun, activities encourage positive thinking, kindness, calmness and creativity in children.

There are four themes to the monthly sets, each with its own ‘mindful monster’ character: Relaxation with Snug, Creativity with Sparky, Positivity with Giggles and Concentration with Thinky. Within these themes there are indoor and outdoor exercises.

Richard Lane, Head of Communications at Scope, said: “Mindful Monsters can be used by anyone wanting to encourage focus and positivity – especially useful during the long summer holiday months.

Being a parent can be hard work at the best of times, but having endless weeks without school or nursery can mean there is less for children to focus on. The Mindful Monsters cards provide an enjoyable outlet for over-energetic kids, as well as a chance for families to bond over the exercises.”

Mindful Monsters has been developed with the leading mindfulness expert

Michael Chaskalson, who says:
Mindfulness changes lives. Kids who can manage their own emotions do better and an early introduction to mindfulness can really help. When kids learn mindfulness, it sustains their natural curiosity, helping them to engage more deeply with other with the world around them.

Mindful Monsters is available via subscription at £7.50 per month including postage from www.mindfulmonsters.co.uk. Seven Mindful Monster cards will be dispatched after your donation is processed on the 1st of every month. The subscription can be cancelled at any time.

  • Accessible versions of Mindful Monsters are available on request.
  • Funds raised will go directly to the disability charity Scope .
  • Scope’s mission is to drive social change so that disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.
  • The charity focuses on the priorities disabled people have told Scope matter to them most and will support disabled people to: Get the best start in life, live the life they choose; and be financially secure.
  • 7% of disabled people in the UK are children

For more information on how Scope supports disabled people and their families visit www.scope.org.uk