I'm Bored!!!

I used to think that there's no way my kids would ever have any reason to get bored... I mean, they have everything!


As it turns out like most parenting thoughts early on, my kiddos just weren't old enough yet. It's easy to keep those kiddos under 6 busy and happy most of the time... so if you have some of those, scroll on by. It's the 7 and up crowd that gets a little more discerning.


Luckily, my kids have been blessed with a very sarcastic mama who insists on teaching them self sufficiency and creativity. With a world full of tablets and TVs, I worry about the kids NOT getting bored enough to develop their own creative skills, so I do a little happy dance inside every time someone utters the phrase. I also don't think it's my responsibility to entertain them 24/7, so they have to figure it out on their own.


Long story short, I created the I'm Bored Jar. The jar doesn't get used much here anymore, because they have now learned their lesson about creating their own fun, but the rules are very simple:

  1. If you tell Mom that you're bored more than once, you must select a strip of paper from the jar. No peeking. You are then REQUIRED to do that activity, no matter what it is, even if you won't want to do it. Complainers get to do a second activity from the jar after the first one is complete.

I was nice and have more "fun" activities than chores on my printable, but you can add/subtract/multiply however you see fit.


Print out the document and tape the top portion to a quart sized mason jar and cut the strips to place inside. I like to keep mine in a location where they are reminded of it all the time.



Good luck and Godspeed.


Emily



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