This is the face of my 4 year old whining and crying, telling me that she is BORED. The moment that we have a spare 15 minutes at home in our ever-so-busy lives, she is at my feet sulking because she has nothing to do, no one to play with, and is bored.
I’m not even going to mention the oversized playroom she has, with over flowing buckets of toys, books, and activites. But this is just not enough. As well as the hours she spends daily playing, socialising, or swimming at her cousins houses. This is all just not enough.
We overstimute our children, making their lives so full of interesting things to do that when they are given time to just relax.. they don’t want it. So how do we overcome this pain in our neck (that is the sound of their tiny, annoying little voices in our ear while we have just sat down to enjoy a quiet cup of well earned coffee). Seriously, the moment I sit down to enjoy some “me” time, BAM! She is right there, next to me, looking at me with those eyes. And then the whine.. that whine.
To overcome this sense of boredom, you have to let them be BORED! Simple really. You must allow them time to actually be bored. Then when the painful sounds come out of their cute little mouths, you must listen.. and keep listening. You must weather the storm. Sooner or later, they will stop crying and eventually begin to find something to do.. or fall asleep. Hopefully the former, so they can actually learn to fill their boredom with activities of their choice without relying on you to complete this request.
IDEAS TO BEAT BOREDOM
Unfortunately though… my kid just falls asleep. Then when she wakes, she never really learnt any lesson and will resume sulking the moment she is bored again. So i was chatting with a dear friend on mine, well actually i was blatantly complaining to her, and she gave me a grand idea and I then decided to create an activity jar. Yep.. so what is this jar i speak of. Its basically your standard mason jar with craft paddle sticks that have activities written on them, for your children to choose from when they say they’re bored.
What you need
Standard Mason Jar or old food jar
Paddle Pop Sticks from your local dollar store
Sharpies of your colour choice
Bored, ungrateful children
How it works
Write down all your activities for your kids on each pop stick and stick it in the jar. Every time they tell you they’re bored, let them grab a stick and they must complete the task. You can put pretty much anything on them but I used mostly easy to do at home, inexpensive crafty ideas, along with a few outings, and of course the best of all – a few home chores they can complete.. huh! Serves them right for being bored.
You can view my list of 60 ideas for bored kids here.
Additionally, you can download and print this cool printable to remind your kids that there are plenty of things to do in your spare time. Purchase this printable from my Etsy store here.
How wonderful is it to live beautifully.