Thoughts on a thriving life.
Have you heard it yet?
The groans of "I'm bored!" uttered from the lips of your kids.
At my house, this is often followed up with, "All I want to do is play video games or watch TV."
Oh man, the pull of the TV or video games and the seemingly quick and easy fix for my bored children. They're happy and I can get some work done! But I've read the research on the effects of TV and video games. I've seen how too much TV and video games effects kids, and I want more for my kids!
So, what's a mother to do with her bored kids?
Last week, I shared some reasons why and how I'm choosing to embrace the gift of boredom. This week, I wanted to share a tangible way this will look like in my house this summer.
One of the things we will be doing at my house this week is brainstorming things to fill our "Summer Fun Jar."
One jar will be filled with things we will do as a family. Here are some of our ideas:
The other jar will be filled with things the boys can do at home. Here are some of our ideas for this jar:
The idea behind the jars is that when boredom hits, my kids have a place to go to get the creative juices flowing when deciding what to do. When a day finds all of us with few plans, we can go to the family jar, draw out 2 or 3 ideas and pick from those. Maybe we will do exactly what's on the paper. Maybe the idea on the paper will spark a new idea. The boys' jar becomes a place they can go to get ideas when we are at home and the boredom blues hit. Must making the jar gets the creative juices flowing for all of us!
What practical things do you do as a family to embrace the gift of boredom? Feel free to share your ideas, thoughts and comments below. I'll be sharing your ideas and others on Foundations Parent and Life Coaching's Facebook Page. Like Foundations PLC to get more summer time boredom buster ideas all summer long!
If you are feeling overwhelmed at how to embrace the gift of boredom with your kids this summer, I'd love to talk with you one-on-one about the coaching services I offer parents. Please contact me through e-mail or go the scheduling page to set up a free phone consultation.
As a woman, mom, friend, and lover of Jesus, it is my desire to live present and wholeheartedly in each moment of my life. Daily Rhythms is full of thoughts, encouragement, parenting information, and my personal journey in living wholehearted in the daily rhythms of life.