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Parent wonders about how to entertain kids during storms

Parent wonders about how to entertain kids during storms

Dear Tante Camilla,

What did people used to do to pass the time during a storm? When the power was out recently, all my kids did was whine about how they couldn’t watch tv or charge their phones and ipads. 

Signed,

Stir Crazy

Dear Stir Crazy:

Well, when people have a lot of kids people usually make jokes about how they don’t have a t.v. set. If you think about it, I bet you know a lot of people who were born about nine months after big hurricanes. Haa! Je tire ta jambe.

Anyway, bonjour, mes amis. This is Tante Camilla ready to give you some advice. So venez ici and écoutez.

Things are so different now for storms than they were about 20 or 30 or more years ago. My fille was just saying the other day how some of her favorite times was when all the family would go over to her cousin Troy’s house for a hurricane and sleep there because they were the only ones with a brick house and a generator. There’d be four or five families staying in there with the windows boarded up and listening to the news on the radio station. The kids would make pallets on the floor to go do-do on like it was a big slumber party. There was always a lot of good food of course and the adults would play pedro and talk in French about the storm so we didn’t scare the little ones. All the kids would run outside to play when the eye would pass over us while the adults would look to see if there was any damage and talk with the neighbors.

Now, everybody has their own generator and talks to each other on that Facebook or on that texting on the phone. The kids don’t know what it’s like to spend time with their family or make those memories. That’s why they so bored. Next time there’s a storm, maybe have your family come stay with you and spend some time and it will make it pass a lot faster and the kids won’t be bored and you’ll make some good memories, beb.

Well, c'est tout pour asteur. When I get another question you’ll get another answer.

-Tante Camilla

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