The excitement of summer vacation has died down and you are now hearing the complaints of children everywhere with too much time on their hands. Here are a few ideas to cope with “I’m bored!” until school is back.
Everything is Better with a Friend
The faster you accept this, the easier your summer will be. Even if they are watching a TV show or hanging out in the backyard with music—when your kid has a good friend with them, all is right with the world. Yes, you’ll have another mouth to feed at lunch, but it’s sooo worth it to your sanity.
Do Something Different
If you’ve exhausted the mall and the mini golf course, try to find something new to enjoy together.
☼ Have you ever gone zip-lining? Lots of entertainment parks offer them now.
☼ Wanted to always go horseback riding? Find a trail riding centre outside of town and giddy-up!
☼ Discover a water park or splash pad near you that offers a day full of splashes and giggles.
☼ Take your kid to a skateboard park, and have them teach you how to do an Ollie.
☼ Bring them to the bowling alley and show them how to score that perfect strike.
Just by changing up your activities a little, you can make it feel like a family adventure.
Offer a Bored Chore List
This is one of my favourites and it works every time. Whenever your children say the words, “I have nothing to do,” immediately direct them to a chore jar or long list of things that need doing around the house. I can practically guarantee they will leave you in peace and find something to do more interesting than dusting or cleaning the bathroom. And hey, if they do agree to the chore, that’s a bonus! My kids are now so trained that when they slip up and say “I’m bored,” I smile at them, and they back out of the room saying, “Never mind!” Try it yourself.
Let Them Feel Bored
Boredom is not always a bad thing. Having some time to yourself to daydream, to nap, or to doodle offers your child the chance to rest and to discover for themselves what they find truly interesting. The imagination can blossom with a little boredom. Encourage your child to draw, write, read or create something in their quiet moments, and you both may be surprised to learn what they can do.