WFMW: “Mom, I’m Bored” Edition

This is my favorite themed WFMW (all tips are welcomed, but we’d especially love your boredom buster tips this week!)

Because it never fails, my kids get bored in the summer.

Since we’re spending the first 24 days of our summer in AFRICA, I haven’t exactly planned for the rest of the summer. I plan on saying (a lot) “how can you be bored? I took you to the other side of the globe this summer!”

My best tip for this summer: have a family brainstorming session at the beginning of summer. Have each person write down a few things they’d like to do in the summer months-but give them these stipulations-it must be FREE and CREATIVE.

Place all the ideas in a jar and each week, pick a couple!

Here are the lists of hundreds and hundreds of summer boredom tips from the last few years:

You can read the WFMW guidelines here.


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    not really a link, but I was gunna say build a living room tent (if you have air conditioning) or go to the local woods and find stuff to build a fort. Loved doing this as a boy.

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    jenlar3 says

    I used to always suggest three or four different chores they had the option of doing, strangely, they always decided they were not bored after all!!!

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    Hi Kristen,
    I recently downloaded your book on my Kindle and just ran across your blog today. (from living with three boys) I love the book! I have blogged for about 3 years, but just started the one I listed.
    Just wanted to say hi!

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    Thanks for hosting.
    Can’t wait to hear about your Africa trip.
    My daughter is going to Nicaragua for a week and my son will go to his cousins, After that they will do a month long conditioning camp at their school. Then right into fall sports. Summer with teenagers is more about how can I get time with you instead of I am bored.

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    Stephania Andrade says

    Is there a way I can edit the link I just posted?
    For the name category I put mine instead of the title for the link!
    Can I switch “Stephania” to “Think Outside The Box, Play Inside!”, please?


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