School’s out which means we are probably going to hear, “Muuuummmm, I’m bored!” a lot. Well, we are day 3 into the holidays and it is fair to say I have heard it a few times today already.
I am all for going on trips and being out and about from time to time. But the thing is, it is bloody exhausting and can be expensive too if you choose activities that you have to pay for. I have said to my girls I am not employed by them as their school holiday project planner, where each day there needs to be an activity planned. There are a few parents out there that feel their kids need to be entertained every day in some shape or form. Not me!
I make sure we have a few days every week where we are at home with nothing planned, yes the girls moan like it’s the end of the world, but boredom in children sparks creativity and imagination. I also take away any devices. If we are always creating scenarios/activities for them, then their brains are just not getting exercised at all!
Growing up, we never did much activities where my mum had to drive us somewhere in the school holidays. The neighbourhood kids all got together and played, whether it was baseball in the back fields or riding bikes. My brother and I used to set up these obstacle courses in our yard and race each other, the amount of games we used to come up with where endless with whatever we could find in the house or yard.
You might think to yourself, “oh I’m such a lazy/bad parent”, especially when you see other families doing so much stuff with their kids, but, YOU ARE NOT because you are giving your children something priceless, the opportunity to be creative and learn with play.
Don’t get me wrong going out and doing things is great fun, but it doesn’t need to be everyday or all the time that your children become dependant on it.
So go forth parents and let them be bored!