Dearest mother who is worn out from the lazy days of summer. It’s going to be okay. Summertime wasn’t meant to last forever. We understand that sometimes these long drawn out days breed extreme boredom and even more extreme bickering. Because we are sinners — and our little and big people are too.
Yes, some days may seem completely idyllic. Picture perfect, if you will. And other days may find us hiding in the bathroom. Or worse, doing what we swore at the beginning of summer that we’d NEVER do: handing out screen time like it’s candy. But desperate times call for desperate measures, right?
So after conversing in length with my children about this boredom quandary, we came up with 20 things we could put on a list for them to look at whenever the boredom monster raises its monotonous ho-hum head.
These are in no way a guaranteed solution for every situation and every home. But maybe this will help get the creative juices and conversation flowing in your family.
- Head outside (soccer, Bocce ball, croquet, Jazzminton, trampoline, slackline).
- Find something to read (either alone or as a family).
- If it’s a warm day, enjoy some WATER fun (water guns, sprinkler, kiddie pool, water balloons).
- Create something (draw, craft, color, paint).
- Write a story.
- Hike (with an adult, of course).
- Blow bubbles.
- Go play at a park.
- Listen to something engaging (music, radio theater, Adventures in Odyssey, audio books).
- Find a pet to love (if you have a pet, play with it; or go visit the zoo, an animal conservatory, or farm).
- Make homemade playdough.
- Create a masterpiece with sidewalk chalk.
- Go camping (even if this means just in your own backyard; or if it’s nasty outside, camp indoors).
- Construct a blanket fort.
- Host a fashion show (the adults can be the judges).
- Build a tree house.
- Plan a family game night.
- Go stock up at the library. And read. And then read some more.
And don’t be afraid to encourage acts of service. Making a card for an elderly neighbor. Helping a family friend with a moving sale. Looking for ways to help and serve others. Urge your children to have eyes open beyond the boundaries of their own little worlds.
Make those screens the last resort! And when your kids start their melting poses and begin muttering those “I’m so bored I’m gonna die” phrases, you’ll have an arsenal of Go-To options to point them toward.
Hang in there, Mom! You’re doing great! And maybe add “Make Mom an iced coffee or iced tea” to the list. For sanity’s sake.
Happy summer-ing! xo
P.S. — What kinds of things are on your family’s boredom buster list? Please share in the comments. Many thanks!