25 Ways to Prevent Childhood Boredom

Being a Mom 11

What can I do? Mommy, I'm bored. There's nothing to do here.

I hear those phrases a hundred times a day, despite there being countless things for the children to be doing. I'm assuming that you do, too.

It is quite frustrating since they have rooms full of newly acquired birthday toys and I have the credit card bills to prove it.

But, toys don't keep them occupied for long, so I thought it would be handy to have a list of responses ready for the inevitable "we're bored"s and "what can we do now?"s.

Here goes, dearest children ...

1. Take all of the clothes out of your drawers and refold them.

2. Make a fort and nap in it.

3. Floss your teeth.

4. Grab the Swiffer and go to town.

5. Organize the Legos by color.

6. Write thank-you notes from your last birthday. And the one before that.

7. Figure out how to make your bed with hospital corners.

8. Watch my "Learn French in a Week" DVD.

9. And then teach yourself French.

10. Practice your math facts.

11. Do 50 jumping jacks. And then 50 more.

12. Play dog.

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13. Let me cut your nails.

14. Match the socks in the mystery sock drawer.

15. Call Comcast for me and let me know when I am off of hold.

16. Scrub the grout in your bathroom.

17. Organize all of the printed photos by month and year.

18. Arrange your books in alphabetical order.

19. Fill out the empty "All About Me" book sitting on your bookshelf.

20. Taste all of the cereals and figure out which boxes are stale.

21. Clean out the junk drawer. All of them.

22. Draw me a family picture.

23. Brush the dog.

24. Rub my feet.

25. Come up with your own list of 25 things to do next time you have nothing to do.

Still bored?

I didn't think so.


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Vegeta Vegeta

How about go outside and play? In my/my brothers case 'go outside and climb everything and beat eachother with sticks' lol

nonmember avatar Nisha

My mom made me clean. After dusting for 20 minutes, I was more than willing to find something else to do, and not utter the "I'm bored" phrase again!

gridi... gridironsmom

Lmbo! And I have several pictures of my kids in our friends dog cage. Why do they like playing in there? Lol

John Basden

If your kids are bored they can do my college homework assignments.

Witch... Witchymom434

Get them to plant seeds for vegetables or flowers, recycle the trash, read a book, clean up the yard, pull weeds, clean out old toys to donate... I can think of a lot more than 25, and some of them might actually be fun

Julia Nichols

My son loves to clean with me. Or he sits with me while i am working and we talk. Well, he talks. I wonder when the gift of gab skips a generation because it hasn't yet..

layh4... layh41407

For my older boys (now 25 and 23) I posted a list of chores on the fridge.  If I heard the words "I'm bored" they had to take a chore.  They learned real quick to entertain themselves.

miche... michellerobenee

My son likes to hide in his toybox....but then again so did I at that age.

Guess the dog cage is the same thing, just sit in there and let your imagination go wild.

Kaitlin Stacia Ufolla

haha #15 made me laugh. I hate sitting on hold with anybody so I'd be more than willing to hand over my phone for someone else to listen to that stupid music and tell me when a person answered!

weird... weirdkids

i love it lol my mom used to tell us to go play in traffic lol right up until she told my 8yo and 11yo that and they did. needless to say grandma stocked up on art supplies lol

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