“Mom, There’s NOTHING to do!” Really?

Maybe this is true. Maybe I’m the only one in the house who can see the millions of Legos, closet full of board games, and hundreds of books. Maybe to my darling son the house is totally empty and void of all childhood novelties. But I know better and therefore this statement annoys me.

I remember saying this very same thing when I was a child. But now as a parent I know this to be untrue.

 Our school district did not have school today because of teacher inservice. This was the reason  Cade was home today and the reason for his boredom. However, we would have been stuck with another snow day if we weren’t already off school. Another blast of ice and snow hit northeast Ohio. Lucky us! On a side note, I sure hope that the two more votes needed for the  bill, that will extend our snow days, gets pushed through quickly. I’m not looking forward to the kids being in school in the middle of June.

Anyway, back to the annoying words that came out of my child’s mouth this morning. My response to this was, “Really, because there is a whole lot of “nothing to do” all over your room and in your closet.” He wasn’t to thrilled with that comment. So he started roaming around looking for something to get in to. And what do you know, he found something. Probably about a year ago I had bought some comic books and put them in my closet for him, thinking that I would pull these out some day when he needed something to do. But of course I forgot about them. Today he found them. He plopped himself down in the living room and began reading. Yay, something he found interesting that had nothing to do with an electronic device.

What do you do when your kids say, “Mom there’s nothing to do?” I’m sure we all have different ways of keeping our children occupied and I think it would be fun to share. I would love to hear your ideas.

Below are some pictures I took today. I know those of you living in warmer weather are jealous of our good fortune here in Ohio so I thought I would share. Enjoy!

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  1. #1 by Jacki on March 7, 2011 - 10:15 pm

    Of course, I hear the same thing from my boys. My best idea, to date, for nixing the “boredom” came last summer, when I set up a big puzzle on a card table, and whenever any of us were bored, we sat down and got to work. My youngest, 7 years old, had the most fun with the project. He calls himself my “puzzle partner,” which makes me realize I need to get another puzzle going!

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