Wednesday, June 06, 2007

The End of "Mom, I'm Bored."

Shannon has declared this weeks' Works for Me Wednesday, The Mom I'm Bored Edition. Honestly, I rarely hear that around my house. No, I really don't.

Part of the reason is we do school year around. We may not do quite as much book work in the summer, there are a lot more field trips and outside education, but the underlying routine still is there. Yes, that is great if you homeschool like we do, but doesn't help anyone else.

Though sticking to the routine helps some, I don't think that is the main reason my kids don't complain, "Mom, I'm bored." The main reason they don't utter those word is because they don't like my answer.

I don't think my job description as a mother is to entertain. They have toys, games, a huge "yard," and very vivid imaginations. That is not to say I never do anything with them. We play and work together all the time, but they need to learn to entertain themselves.

On a rare occasion a child may complain of boredom. I'm quick to relieve their boredom, "Hmmm.... How does your room look? How about under the bed and in the closet?" or "The van sure could use a good cleaning," or other some such suggestion. Sometimes, they actually do take my suggestion. Other times, they come up with something else, much more creative and fun to do. Funny how quickly their boredom goes away.


  1. I do the EXACT same thing - bored? I have some timely chores that need done! TV? Pshaww, more chores.

  2. Amen, Sistuh!

    I don't hear the word, "bored", in my house for the same reason - there's plenty of work if you can't find something to do!

    We also homeschool pretty much year round and we ALWAYS have a schedule - it changes seasonally, but it is there to keep us somewhat focused!

  3. Glad to know I'm not the only mother that responds that way when my kids complain of boredom.

  4. I thought I was the only one that did this! I'm glad to know there are some other great minds out there to think alike with me. :)

  5. That's a great response...I'm going to have to keep this in my head for the first time I hear those words uttered!

  6. We homeschool all year, too. However, we have been taking off 3 weeks in a row. I am so ready to get back in our routine on Monday.

  7. That's what my mom said to us when we were growing up. :)

    I like your wordless Wednesday post, too. Those goats look just like two that I had when I was a kid. I loved those goats!

    (My husband says that I am strange for loving goats.) But aren't they just so loveable?

  8. Chores are the best boredom buster - but I already said that, huh? Just wanted to let you know that I've tagged you for a meme - when you get a sec, drop by! (grin)

  9. Thanks for being part of the carnival of SAHMs! This is a great post, thanks so much for sharing.