Hey Mom....I'm Bored!!

Ugh. Those four little words that every parent dreads to hear during the summer months.

I am so bored.

As a parent, I struggle with this; I'm a big believer that we shouldn't entertain our children. Although it's good for them to find ways to keep themselves busy, I'm not opposed to directing them towards activities that don't involve electronics or trips to the pool when I really need to get three loads of laundry done.

If the excitement of summer is over and your kiddos are struggling to make it through the day without uttering those four little words, here are a few ideas that cost very little, keep their minds active and buy you some much-needed peace:

  • The Boredom Jar: Grab a vase, bucket or other container and fill it with slips of paper that include individual mom-approved activities. Some ideas from the jar in our house includes:
  1. watch a movie and write an alternative ending;
  2. choose three famous pieces from an art book and read about them;
  3. draw a self-portrait using colored pencils;
  4. create a sculpture using only toothpicks and marshmallows; and
  5. start a summer journal.

The only rule in my house is – if you pick something out of the boredom jar, you have to complete it!

  • Balloon Tennis: No, seriously. Pick up a bag of balloons the next time you're at the store because it will be the best one-dollar investment of your summer! If your kiddos are bored or worse, arguing non-stop, blow up a balloon and challenge them to a game of balloon tennis. If you really want to get into it, use crepe paper to create a “net” from one end of the room to the other.
     
  • Museums: I'm a bit nuts about museums. I LOVE them; I have always loved learning about artifacts and paintings from a different time. For me, it's like time traveling. And, because I LOVE museums, my boys have learned to love them to. A few learning opportunities within driving distance from Kansas City:
  1. Union Station (check out the new mummy exhibit that opens this month!);
  2. The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art;
  3. Evel Knievel Museum, Topeka, KS (NEW!);
  4. Strategic Air Command and Space Museum, Ashland, NE;
  5. Pattee House, St. Joseph, MO;
  6. Pony Express Museum, St. Joseph, MO.
  • Encourage Entrepreneurship: Lemonade stands come to mind immediately, but my son actually announced that he wanted to create a movie theater stand in our living room. He built one using an ironing board, sheet and props that he created from around the house. The best thing? He practiced his money-counting skills without even realizing it and we all got to enjoy a family movie night together.
     
  • Flashlight Scavenger Hunt: It doesn't get any easier than this. Hide things from around the house outside and, come sunset, hand your kiddos a flashlight and list of the hidden items. It doesn't matter that they're looking for a soup spoon – they'll act like it's a priceless treasure when they find it!

Tiffany wears many hats, but prefers the comfy one from her alma mater that she wears cheering her boys on from the stands.  Her resume may read lawyer, author, and freelance writer, but she thinks a description of life juggler, worry wart, and latte-lover might provide a more accurate picture of herdaily life.  A scribe at-heart, Tiffany loves writing stories that speak to readers' hearts and enjoys tackling the subjects that invite conversation and debate.  With articles featured in 435 Magazine, NORTH, and M Magazine, Tiffany served as Editor-in-Chief of NORTH Magazine after leaving privatepractice in 2015.  She has been a contributing writer with the Kansas CityMoms Blog and has appeared on Fox 4's Morning Show, The Now KC, and Better KC to discuss her blog posts and magazine articles.  Her first novel, Six Weeks in Petrograd, was published in 2013 and she is currently working with her agent to sell two manuscripts that she's convinced would make fantastic films starring Ben Affleck.  You can find Tiffany sitting on the secondfloor of her favorite coffee shop in Parkville, strolling English Landing Park with her husband and two boys, or trying not to be "that mom" at her sons' baseball games.  www.TiffanyKilloren.com

Tiffany wears many hats, but prefers the comfy one from her alma mater that she wears cheering her boys on from the stands.  Her resume may read lawyer, author, and freelance writer, but she thinks a description of life juggler, worry wart, and latte-lover might provide a more accurate picture of herdaily life.  A scribe at-heart, Tiffany loves writing stories that speak to readers' hearts and enjoys tackling the subjects that invite conversation and debate.  With articles featured in 435 Magazine, NORTH, and M Magazine, Tiffany served as Editor-in-Chief of NORTH Magazine after leaving privatepractice in 2015.  She has been a contributing writer with the Kansas CityMoms Blog and has appeared on Fox 4's Morning Show, The Now KC, and Better KC to discuss her blog posts and magazine articles.  Her first novel, Six Weeks in Petrograd, was published in 2013 and she is currently working with her agent to sell two manuscripts that she's convinced would make fantastic films starring Ben Affleck.  You can find Tiffany sitting on the secondfloor of her favorite coffee shop in Parkville, strolling English Landing Park with her husband and two boys, or trying not to be "that mom" at her sons' baseball games.  www.TiffanyKilloren.com