Summer break is here. I currently stay at home with my two kids who are nine and fourteen. They do get bored. But I don't plan on entertaining them on a daily basis. I was talking to one mother who said she had an activity planned each day or the week or else "her kids would drive her bonkers." My kids can drive me bonkers too, but guess what? They're old enough to entertain themselves. I might plan something now and again but for the most part, we're spending the summer at home.
1. There's this magical place called "outside." Vitamin D lives there. Go play.
2. Don't you have devices to mess around with? You know, the ones you "had" to have for Christmas? Go watch a video on YouTube and learn about something.
3. Um, your room is filled with these things called TOYS. The teenager, not so much. The nine-year-old? Yes. Barbies. Shopkins. Dolls. Pick something.
4. The house is filled with books. Read one. Go on an adventure.
5. There are board games crammed in various closets. Maybe I'll play with you. Maybe I won't. Ask your brother/sister. Ask the cat.
6. Watch TV. I know the experts say not to, but I'm saying it's fine. No one in the family is obese. We're good.
7. Something can always be cleaned. Bored? Here's some Windex. Go scrub the windows. Thanks.
8. Mommy doesn't like many other people. She's an introvert so no, she won't be taking you to the trampoline place. Go bounce on your bed for a bit.
9. Follow this realistic summer bucket list please:
Look, we'll go some places. We'll see some movies. We'll go to some parks. We'll check out some museums. Maybe we'll bowl. But it won't be an everyday thing. We just bought a house so funds are limited. My parents live about 45 minutes away so the kids will get pool time once in a while:
But most days? We'll be at home.