“The kids are driving me nuts!” my youngest daughter tells me just as the province is going into lockdown again, school back to online learning.
“What’s the problem?”
“They’re bored. No friends, no school, and we’re limited in what we can do. They are always looking to us to entertain them, and we both work full-time. It’s impossible.”
I cringe. I hated it when my kids would whine: “I’m bored!”
“Why is it your responsibility?” I ask. “When you guys were little, I’d just threaten you with cleaning your room and you’d find something to do.”
What I’m thinking is that kids should learn to deal with their own boredom, but it’s not my place. It’s frustrating being stuck at a distance and not being able to help out. I think about breaking protocols, but it’s too risky. The new variants of the virus are spreading rapidly and hitting a younger demographic.
I remember when my kids were young. I hated being that mother that nagged, but getting them to do chores or help around the house was almost impossible. So, one day, at my wit’s end, I created a housework board game. They had to roll the dice to see which chores to do, and I threw in fun squares, such as “pick the music”, or “take a snack break”. My kids have never forgotten it.
“Time to get creative,” I tell my husband.
It’s taken two days, and one late night, but I think I’ve got the solution. I call it the Bored Board Game. I’ve ordered special paper to print it on, and should be able to make delivery some time this week.
How are you dealing with boredom in your corner of the world? This week I have a special request. Describe the phenomena, or offer a solution, but please don’t use the word. We will all know what you mean.
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