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Keeping children busy during holidays

PROFILE - CHILDREN from Great North Academy showcase their dancing skill during the Youth Day in Livingstone.

Children’s Corner: PANIC CHILUFYA
IT IS holiday time again for most children especially, from government schools. It is the time that parents have to come up with ways of keeping the young minds occupied for the next four weeks.
Holidays are the best times for parents and their children to bond and maybe even spend time together before the start of the next term. But with the tough economic times that everyone is going through most parents are pre-occupied with putting bread on the table which unfortunately leaves some children to be on their own. This can be stressful not only for the parents but also for children who are likely to misbehave due to boredom. With very few social amenities available, it would be advisable for parents to plan ahead for the holidays to keep children busy to avoid getting into mischief.
When children know they have activities to look forward to while on holiday, they are certainly happier and relaxed and are much less likely to complain about boredom. This makes everyone’s life much easier and more enjoyable.
It is never too early to teach them skills and entrepreneurship as a way of keeping them busy while at home especially that most schools attach more priority to academics than other skills.
Activities such as reading, writing, cooking, baking, gardening, tailoring, art or painting can be learnt and used to sustain a living in the future. Examples are abound of successful people who started off with such hobbies in childhood that they have now adopted as life careers which they enjoy.
Young people should be trained to accept that not all of them will be fortunate enough to find formal employment on the job market once they complete their academic studies. It is therefore important to mentor young people from a young age to identify hobbies which they can turn into a life time and profitable career in the future; this can only happen by training children from an early age to capitalise on their strong entrepreneurship points outside the classroom.
When children are kept busy during holidays they are less likely to indulge in behaviour that is detrimental to their health and development. As the famous quote says: “an idle mind is the devil’s workshop and idle hands his tools.” It is a way of saying the people especially children should always be kept busy with school work or other activities so that they stay out of trouble. Keeping children busy also gives parents that peace of mind desired to concentrate on their responsibilities and roles of maintaining the families.
When children are busy they will have very little time to hang out in wrong places where they are likely to pick up bad habits. But teaching them life skills they will be in positions where they will be able to use the knowledge gained to empower themselves for the future without having to wait for others to create employment opportunities for them. This is the time to begin to change the mindset of young people for the future; entrepreneurship is equally important for national and economic development.
Remember, children are our future. Until next week, take care.
pchilufya@daily-mail.co.zm; gender@daily-mail.co.zm


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