Mom I’m BORED! – Tips to save your parenting sanity
Spring Break, can wreak havoc in the hearts of parents everywhere. The three, most dreaded words are: MOM, I’M BORED!
In our society, many children are used to being entertained throughout the day. Parents often believe that they must fix boredom. In reality, our children may need help to become involved in things but they don’t require constant entertainment.
Before your kids get bored, work with them to create a What Can I Do List. Make a list of books to read, games to play, craft projects to create, stories to write, pictures to be drawn, puzzles or word problems to solve, friends with whom to play (phone numbers too).(These can take place in a tent in the backyard or in a fort in the family room.)
If your kids can’t read yet, use pictures and words on the list. Put the stuff they need for the list in one, easy to find location (or better yet, do this with them so that they know where it is.)
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Now a plan for YOU. Jot down a respectful response to the dreaded, “I’M BORED!” [Whining back, “If you’re bored with all of these toys around, I’m going to start throwing them away!” doesn’t really help.]
“Check your What Can I do List. I know you’ll find something to do there.”
“Perhaps your body and mind need some quiet time – why don’t you check your list?”
“Bored is your job, how will you fix it?”
Often, “I’m bored,” means, “I need to be with you.”
Acknowledge feelings and teach them to ask for some time with you instead of whining about being bored.
Lastly, when our children are home all day, we cannot totally disengage. If we tell our kids “You’ve got me for an hour before I have to make lunch,” then we need to provide undivided attention.
Phones, emails, devices need to wait. We would expect the same of them. Multi-tasking our attention creates misbehaviour that demands our attention. Set your family up for success and enjoy the break.
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