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With 9 kids, I have heard many versions of “Mom, I’m bored,” and, “I don’t have anything to do.” I usually send them outside with orders to, “Run around and have FUN!”. But the cold weather (or here in Texas, the summer heat) can keep us inside and not sure what to do with ourselves.
I keep a list posted in the house for the kids to reference when they have nothing to do: 10 things to ask yourself before you tell Mom you’re bored.
Before you tell Mom you’re bored, answer these questions:
- Is your room clean? Picking up a few things and straightening is an important thing to do every day.
- Have you exercised? Use your body and get your heart rate up every day.
- Can you help someone? The best way to use your free time is to give it to someone else.
- Have you read a book today? Keep your mind exercised by reading every day!
- Have you prayed? When you’re bored, it’s a good time to spend a few minutes talking to God.
- Have you read the Bible? Find a verse and read it 3 times then say it out loud.
- Have you done something creative? Draw a picture, write a story, play some music, weave a potholder.
- Have you played a game with someone? NOT a video game, but a game where you sit at a table facing each other and talking to each other.
- Are your chores done? Is the dog bowl clean and your laundry put away? You are an important part of your family and when you don’t do your chores you are making life harder for everyone else.
- Is there something you can find to do yourself? Look around and see what you can do without interrupting Mom or Dad to ask. You might be surprised at what’s available to you already.
Here are a few fun books to keep around for the kids to read while they’re looking for something to do: