What to do when you hear “Mom, I’m bored!”

Well friend, school’s out! I am sure you are so happy to have them home for the summer – but if you hear the phrase “MOM! I’M BORED” one. more. time! I get it. I do. So, before you kill them (or yourself!) try this little “formula” that has been saving us for a few years. I honestly don’t even have to answer them anymore. They have heard these 5 things so much that I can just give them the “hairy eye” and they know that if they haven’t hit this list – they will continue to be “bored” until they do.  The great part about this list – that isn’t original to me by the way- is that even the littlest person in your house can handle this list.

Here are a few ideas to help you implement it. 

  1. Be Creative: Have the kids color, build something with legos, do an art project (I totally recommend Art for Kids Hub. Every child in our home from age 11-6 has been able to leave one of these lessons creating a fun piece of art and it has boosted their confidence in their ability to create! We LOVE it!)
  2. Go Outside: Send them outside! Honestly, when kids are left to their imaginations and not bailed out with technology at the first sign of boredom they truly come up with the most fun little games for themselves. Don’t think your kid has an imagination? Give it a try! They may surprise you. Need another idea? Give them a bucket of these lightning fast water balloons Zuru Bunch O Balloons (Colors Vary) !
  3. Read a book: Make Mondays your Library day and head over to grab a stack of books so that you always have options on hand.  If you’re anything like us – you may want to designate a bin/basket in a central area of your home so that you are never looking for library books when it’s time to return them! Pair up your older kids with your little ones and have them read together!
  4. Exercise: I don’t know about you but it’s hard for me to fit exercise into my day – so, why not do it all together? Walk your dog, go for a bike ride, have the kids do laps around your house. They will burn off energy and it will entertain your neighbors!
  5. Be helpful: We have chore charts and “jurisdictions” in our home. These are personal jobs (their room, fun summer schoolwork) and House jobs (one child has to keep the kitchen clean for a week, another the bathroom) This helps the kids take ownership of an area, allows them to see how much work it takes to keep something in order, and lightens my own load a little. They are each encouraged to help someone else if they have a lighter job that week.  Kids can do more than we give them credit for. Sure, it’s faster for us to do everything – but why not raise independent adults! 🙂

Feel free to download my Boredom Chart and stick it on your fridge so that when the boredom bug bites your little cherubs – you have a game plan!

Happy Summer Mommas!

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