Are your kids getting bored?

Summer started out busy for our family. We bought a new house and moved a few days before school got out (ya, not great timing, but what can you do?). We unpacked and took our kids on a family vacation the next week. When we returned, we spent time organizing the house and teaching the kids how to do the yard work. My older kids got jobs and started training for their fall sports.

As the summer has gotten hotter, we have taken the kids camping, to the splash pad at the public park, and to the Boise River. When we want to stay inside, we color, paint, read books and play board games. I take my kids grocery shopping and teach them how to make healthy snacks (like smoothies and granola balls) and wholesome dinners (to balance out all of the less-than-healthy summer foods we have been eating). In the evenings we watch movies, play Xbox, or just hang out outside.

It sounds busy, right?

Not for my 6-year-old daughter. Just the other day she got up and quickly did her chores, all before 10 a.m. (shocking). She was so proud of getting all her work done, but didn’t know what to do with the rest her day. She came up to me, with tears in her eyes and said, “I finished all of my jobs for today. What should I do now?” I looked down at her and said, “I don’t know. What do you want to do?” She burst into tears as she said, “I don’t know, I’m just so booooored!”

Welcome to summer boredom.

Are your kids getting bored? Are you counting down the days until school starts? How are you keeping your kids busy?

Melanie Flake

Melanie Flake

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