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“Mommy, I’m Bored” by Kitty Robertson Morse, Heirloom Wooden Toys

November 5, 2010

Heirloom Wooden Toys Music MakerNow that school is back in full swing, my kids are too busy to be bored.  But when they were younger and life was slower, they’d sometimes complain, “There’s nothing to do!”  Here are some ideas for helping kids to help themselves solve this problem.

First, don’t panic!  A little “boredom” is good for kids.  What’s really happening is that for the moment, they aren’t being told what to do by anyone – a rare experience these days.  Give them some time to get used to the feeling and you’ll be surprised what they come up with.

Make sure you have some good open-ended toys around the house.  Classic examples are wooden blocks, play kitchens, or playhouses that will allow children to make up their own stories.

Provide them with some well-made dress up costumes, or let them raid your closet.  Boys and girls alike love to pretend to be someone else – and don’t worry if gender roles are reversed!  It’s all part of the process of growing up.

Let them help in the kitchen.  Yes, it’ll be messy and take longer, but think of how much fun you’ll have making dinner!  Give them real jobs to do so they feel useful.  Invest in a good safety stool like The Learning Tower so the littlest ones can be safe and secure.

Sometimes kids really need time with Mom or Dad and saying “I’m bored” is your cue.  This isn’t necessarily a sign of a needy or whiny child, just one who wants to be with you.  So give them the gift of your time and attention and share a book, game, puzzle, or a walk around the block.

Spend lots of time with your kids, and give them plenty of time on their own as well.  They’ll develop their own ideas of how they like to spend their time and will be happier as a result!

If you are looking to buy a gift or toy for your child or grandchild, think of Heirloom Wooden Toys where we provide sustainable, safe wooden toys, games and furniture that will last for generations to come.  You can shop by Age, Price, Brand, or just browse hundreds of products for all kinds of kids.  Many of our products are Made in the USA so you can support businesses that are keeping jobs at home.  Looking for custom products?  We have a large selection of items that can be personalized or engraved with your name or message.  Free Shipping on orders over $99!  Contact Kitty Robertson Morse at kitty@heirloomwoodentoys.com or (866) 202-8073.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 27, 2010 10:45 am

    Teaching respect to kids is something that appears to have become a lost in our . There are plenty of grownups who don t know how to respect themselves let alone others so it s easy to understand why kids don t. However some parents aren t teaching or showing much of anything to their kids.

    • November 30, 2010 6:44 am

      Hi Mariana,

      I agree with you that there are parents out there who don’t think about teaching their kids much. I also think there are a lot who do, or who are doing fine because their instincts are good, they just don’t expend a lot of energy thinking about it. One of the things I think is great for parents AND children is for the parents to think more about what they’re really teaching their kids!

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