Establish a routine for your children where they do similar things at similar times each day. Children love routines it helps them feel safe and secure, they can anticipate their days and prepare mentally for what is to come.
Set up a boredom basket; fill it with an array of items from crafting to cooking to reading, this can be done with your kids. These bits do not need to be purchased separately, simply find the long forgotten toys around your house and pop them in a basket or a drawer ready for when your children declare boredom, simply point them in the direction of said basket.
Sit with your children and create an acrostic poem using the word BORED, where each letter stands for something they could do, display it on the fridge:
B – be creative, cook, build something
O – outside play
R – read, read and read some more
E – exercise, earn some money
D – do something for others, or do something kind
If your child comes to you with the ‘I am bored’ statement, ask them an open-ended question in return, ‘What could you do then?’. If they come back with ‘I don’t know’ as we know they will, you say ‘Well, what if you did know’.
The skills your child learns in fighting boredom will lead to adults who can think for themselves, who are problem solvers and who can think creatively.
As a slight caveat to my words above, use your parental judgement, in whether declaring boredom your child is trying to communicate another need that they do not know how to express, are they hungry, thirsty, need a hug, need some time with you? Show empathy rather than sympathy for their boredom plight.
Here is to happy boredom busting in your homes.
Coaching and Director of Parenting Success Yorkshire – www.anisalewis.com