Today I spotted a question/link on one of the pages I follow on Facebook with a link to school holiday activities and inviting us to add activities to stop the kids saying “I’m Bored” during the holidays.
My solution is very simple. If the boys come to me and complain about being bored, I give them some jobs to do around the house! This could be anything from emptying the recycle bin to emptying or packing the dishwasher to tidying their rooms to sorting out the toy box, to whatever other “boring” jobs I can think of. They very quickly find something fun to do by themselves!
I do plan some outings – we had the footy clinic yesterday and there is another one next week, and we are planning to go to visit my Grandpa and do a few other things – but mostly we stay at home. This is partly due to money and also to do with energy, and this holidays, for the first time, I am also juggling working with the holidays.
The kids also appreciate some time at home. One of their favourite things is to have a “pyjama day”, where we stay home & they don’t get dressed. Even on those days, they sometimes get bored, so I’m ready with some jobs for them to do.
I don’t believe in scheduling every minute of the school holidays – it’s a break from the scheduled days during the school term as much as anything else.
So, if your kids are bored during the school holidays, put them to work! Oh, and this work is unpaid too!