With spring break and summer just around the corner, chances are you will have a bored kid. If you’re like me by about the second week of summer, I am sick and tired of the age-old phrase, “Mom, I’m bored!”
Last summer, I decided that enough was enough. For everyone’s sanity we needed to make a change. After researching ideas on the internet I found the “I’m bored” jar. I loved this idea and decided that I needed to make my own go-to jar with lots of ideas on how to keep my kiddo, J, busy. Some of the ideas are fun, some of the ideas are not, so before my daughter decides to have me entertain her, she really needs to decide if it’s worth it or not. She might get “Make cookies with Mom,” or she might get “Pull weeds.” She could get “Play in the sprinklers,” or she could get “Do a chore of Mom’s choice!”
That’s the beauty of the “I’m bored” jar. It can be customized to fit your family’s needs. In my house we’re working on my daughter’s independence, so most of the activities she can do by herself. We also put a few sticks in with extra special activities, like going swimming, or painting pottery. The variety helps keep my kiddo interested, and my husband and I felt like we were much more patient, since we weren’t constantly dealing with our daughter’s boredom. Everyone was excited to participate on the days that my daughter did pick one of the extra special activities. That’s truly what made the special days extra special.
Overall, the “I’m bored” jar was a success in my household. We spent more quality time together, and J’s creativity and imagination grew. So if you find yourself cringing every time you hear, “I’m bored,” then it’s time to find a jar, grab some popsicle sticks, and have your kids help come up with ideas for their new “I’m bored” jar. Your sanity will thank you.