As much as I remind my children, “only boring people get bored,” they still complain of boredom — especially during the summer when they don’t have school, their usual activities are on hiatus and many of their friends are away at their cottages.
If it were up to my kids, they’d happily watch television (or YouTube videos, in my daughter’s case) until their eyeballs melted. While I do think a bit of extra screen time is OK during the summer — after all, it’s their vacation — it’s still only a small portion of the day. And those summer days? They can be looooooong.
So here are 13 ways I’ve answered the moans of, “I’m bored,” and I plan on using every single one of them this summer.
1. “Put on a performance.”
Our dress-up clothes don’t get a lot of use anymore, so I’ll tell them to find costumes and put together a play for me. We also have a kid-friendly keyboard and microphone, so maybe there will be a concert as part of the performance.
2. “Make a circuit.”
Our son’s been talking about circuits ever since the Discovery Centre re-opened. Every time I Google how to make our own, I get icky flashbacks to Grade 6 science. But I’m determined to get the basics this summer — battery, light bulb, bulb holder, insulated wires — and see if we can make it work.
Continue reading my other 11 ideas in my weekly parenting column, The Mom Scene …