Have you ever heard your kids say, “Mom, I’m bored!”? Does it drive you crazy too?
I have been hearing it a lot over the past 2 weeks, since my kids have been off school for their winter break. At school they’re entertained by new things and 20 other kids, so when they’re home with just little ol’ me, they seem to have forgotten how to entertain themselves with their imaginations.
I believe a little boredom is good for kids. I don’t want to over-schedule my kids with activity after activity — I believe strongly in unstructured time and it’s a large chunk of our days.
When my kids are bored one of two things will happen:
1) They sit on the floor with their arms crossed and looking angry – or –
2) They spark their imagination and they find out new ways to play, learn new things on their own, and entertain themselves.
With my kids, they never chose option number 1 — I don’t think many kids will. Watching them use their imagination and trying new things is so cool to watch as a parent and it’s fun to see just how creative their imaginations can get.
But I do want to encourage them to use their creativity, so there are a few things I try to always have on hand for those moments. I will hand them a few items and tell them to play. At first they may be confused and not really impressed, but after 5 minutes or so they always come up with something fun to do for themselves.
Check out which items you should keep on hand for when your kids tell you they’re bored:
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