Summertime is finally upon us! Sunshine and long, lazy days. Poolside and snow cones, day trips and vacates! I LOVE Summer!
I’m gonna be honest, my kids aren’t really allowed to utter those words.They know their momma does not take kindly to such words and will usually find a chore for whoever says them. Seriously ya’ll, it’s inexcusable. In this day and age boredom should not exist. Screen entertainment alone should take care of all boredom, not to mention books, pools, trampolines, play equipment and toys that litter every room.
I am all about making summer memorable. We craft and play and I have board on pinterest with all kinds of summer fun. We go on adventures and vacations and day outings, but there are many days where we stay home and relax and enjoy being home. Unfortunately, I find that many of us moms can easily lose our balance when it comes to summer fun and instead of enjoying the long, lazy days, we fall into becoming cruise directors! We have this idea that we must fill in every hour of the day for our kids so that they enjoy their summer break and we run around crazy with our clip boards of activities filling every moment with things to do.
Mom, you are not a cruise director!
EMBRACE the BOREDOM!
If you allow your kids to be bored, you will be amazed at the power of their play.
Growing up, my brother and I had to figure out boredom on our own. Both of our parents worked and we were on our own and our sitters were never cruise directors!
We both still remember getting out our dads typewriter and we would take turns playing “Boss and Secretary.” It was always more fun to be the secretary because the secretary got to use the typewriter and all the boss got to do was make phone calls and notes for the secretary to type up.
I want my kids to have memories like mine.
That’s real childhood. Those are the things of summer I want my kids to be a part of and to remember.
So moms, I challenge you to put aside the everyday planning and the pinterest boards filled with crafts and stuff to fill the hours and embrace the boredom.
5 Ways to Embrace the Bored Moments and Create Summer Memories:
1. Say yes often.
Yes you can build a fort. Yes you can play in the mud. Yes you can throw socks all over the floor. Yes you can make a movie with my camera. Yes you can play in the rain. Yes you can make a paperclip chain. NO do not wrap your sister in duct tape! (sometimes you have to say no!)
2. Limit Screen time.
TV, movies are all great and essential to combat the summer craziness; But, TV doesn’t make room for creativity and imagination, so turn it off most of the day and teach them to fill their hours with real life living.
3. Give them ideas and help them ONLY if needed.
Pinterest has great ideas, but the key is to stay out of their play. Kids will depend on you for ideas and how to’s, but encourage them to think on their own. Allow them to make a mess and clean it up. Allow them to think outside the box. Allow them to problem solve. Allow them to get creative and go with their ideas. Don’t get involved!
4. Send them outside. A Lot.
5. Read. A Lot.
Read aloud to them everyday. Find good, exciting books full of fun and adventure that your whole family will love. This is great for all kids, from little to teens. Kids should definitely have time set aside to read on their own everyday, but I believe that we should read to our kids daily as well. It is so much more engaging and fun to listen to stories that mom reads aloud. Choose a few books that the whole family can enjoy like the ‘Little House” books or if you have a a bunch of boys, “Swiss Family Robinson” or “Robinson Crusoe” are great classics. Nothing fuels an imagination more than great literature. Imagine a summer filled with boys planning their tree house like the Swiss Family or your girls learning to make straw hats like Ma in the Little House or working on their survivor skills like Robinson Crusoe.