If you've been going crazy for the past month with bored kids or teenagers, this is for you. Here are a few tips on how to keep your kids busy while they're out of school for the summer.

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Have them find odd jobs to do in the neighborhood. Something like mowing lawns, a lemonade stand, babysitting, pet sitting, or just simple household chores will keep your kids busy and provide them with a little spending money.

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Try and get a jump start on the next school year. Even if your kids' school doesn't require them to do homework or reading over the summer, have them do a little school work just to keep their minds sharp.

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Volunteer work. Check out opportunities for them to volunteer at places like a church, soup kitchen, senior citizen center, or a local charity.

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Let them be bored. Some psychologists say it's actually good for kids to be bored in the summer because it helps them become more self-reliant and creative. If you're always shuttling them from one activity to the next, they'll never learn how to fill their own time.