I’m Bored! Moms: how many times have you heard this phrase uttered from your children’s mouth? And when you hear it, how many times does it make you cringe? Did you start to unravel and feel like you were going to lose it? Yep, that was me.
Hearing the phrase: “I’m Bored” from my 5-year-old son and 6-year-old (soon to be 7-year-old) daughter is right up there with incessant whining for no reason. It’s like a rite of passage as they transition from babbling babies to talkative toddlers and beyond. This is probably why I have the pleasure of hearing, “I’m Bored” at least 3-4 times a week.
I have tried to figure out if there is a pattern so that I can proactively combat them. But they are too random to figure out. The “I’m Bored’s” can come at the most random times of day. First thing Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon after a fun-filled morning or birthday party. A random evening right before bedtime. While I am trying to cook dinner so that they can go to bed on time! Right after a good 30 minutes on their tablets. On the way home at the end of school or camp day.
In fact, not only do they come at the most random time of day but it’s not like I am sitting around waiting for them to tell me they are bored. I am usually cooking dinner or some other random item on my to-do list that I want to knock out and get done.
I do offer suggestions:
– read a book
– let’s play a board game
-go outside in the backyard
-play with your brother (sister)
What my soon to be 7-year-old would love for me to say is “let’s download 5 new games to your iPad so you can play for countless hours”. “Not going to happen sister”
Moms, we must work together to combat the “I’m Bored”. Not only for our children’s entertainment and engagement but also so we don’t lose our minds every time we hear “Mommy, I’m Bored”
|This post was written by Nicole Walker. Nicole is a working mom living in the big city with her two beautiful children and husband. She recently added the title “Mommy Blogger” with the launch of her blog The Mommy Break Project. Her mission is to be intentional about putting herself first for an entire year, at least once a week (that’s 52 mommy breaks) so that she can achieve the perpetual state of “happy mommy.” She hopes that her journey inspires moms to do whatever they need to do to be their best mommy! When she is not busy being a mom, wife, and blogger, she enjoys entertaining, reading and knitting. You can also find her on Facebook, Instagram, or hit her up on Twitter @MomBreakProj.