Wednesday, June 03, 2009

"I'm bored. There's nothing to do!": Ideas to Eliminate that Phrase from Your Home This Summer

The Works-For-Me theme over at We Are THAT Family this is week is "Mom, I'm Bored." Moms are sharing their tips to beat the summer boredom and to save your sanity.

First, I wanted to share an idea I heard from my friend. Her sister-in-law uses this tactic with her six children. She compiles a list of age-appropriate chores for each child. If they come to her saying they are bored, a chore is chosen from their list. Her thinking is that if they can not think of something to do, she will gladly think of something for them to do.

I could see myself doing this. I have to admit though, I had flashbacks of my childhood. My mother would write chores on pieces of paper and put them in a basket for me and my brother to pick from. OK, I actually didn't mind this - sometimes. But she would often do this when we had snow days. Talk about taking the fun out of skipping a day of school!

A second idea is to create a list of the activities your family would like to do during the summer. The list could include small and big ideas. I did this with my kids a couple weeks ago and they were so excited. They even continue to think of more ideas to add to the list.

What about you? How do you beat the summer boredom in your home? For more ideas, jump over to We Are THAT Family.


Creative Junkie said...

I love the idea of a chore list - because I'm certain I will hear the "I'm bored" wail about 6 minutes into summer and really, my house could use a good cleaning right about then.

Jane Anne said...

I love these ideas. I have been thinking about creating a summer fun list. I have friends who work with their kids to create a list and then have fun marking things off the list. I really need to create a good chore list. Thanks for that reminder.

I am sharing a WFMW tip about cleaning summer cuts and scrapes: WFMW: Summer Soap

DairyQueen said...

great ideas! I need to make a list of all the things that I say throughout the year that we'll do once it warms up!

Sarah said...

I like the chore idea! I think kids are programmed these days to think they should be entertained every moment. I'd like to stimulate their own imaginations this summer!

Helene said...

I love the idea of a chore list!! I came up with a list of things that I can do with the kids and I told them we'd write them up on pieces of paper and put them in a box. Then they can take turns choosing an activity at random. Should keep things interesting and busy, that's for sure!

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