Suffering from parental boredom? Sometimes playing with kids get tiresome. Here are tips for those days when you’re bored playing with kids.
On many days, I’m on top of my parenting game. I read with my kids, make a few crafts, and encourage him to help me cook in the kitchen. On those days, I’m an A+ mom. Then you have the other days… the days when I suffer from parental boredom.
These are the days when I can only take so much of repeating the same answers, fiddling with a puzzle over and over, and watching my toddler play with crayons and dominoes. Days like these, I’m ready to conk out with of course a list of tasks still running in my mind.
In short, sometimes I get bored. Never mind that all my energy comes zooming back the minute my toddler is down for the night. Some days, the boredom takes over and I’m doing my best to keep from falling asleep while we’re lounging on the floor.
What do you when you’re bored playing with kids
During the days when I’m bored out of my mind, I follow these tips:
Participate in activities you actually enjoy.
I’m not a rough housing kind of parent. I dread when my toddler wants to play hide-and-seek or run under my legs. But I can get down with some pretend play, so my toddler and I will sit at his little table cooking and eating pretend food.
Find the activities you like and stay away from those you don’t. Thankfully my husband will fill in and play chase and hide-and-seek with the little guy.
Let him play by himself while you do something else nearby.
When I’m ready to go bonkers from boredom, I’ll pull out a book and read near my toddler. Or I’ll take notes or write in my journal. I’ll even do the dreaded chores. I’m content letting him play independently while I do activities I not only need or want to do, but are good for my toddler to see.
Find kid-centric activities you and your little one can do.
When I’m out of ideas, I hop online and find activities I can do with my little guy. I stick to one activity per day and keep it simple, whether it’s painting with watercolors or applying stickers on paper.
Leave the house.
You know you’re a parent when you go to the grocery just to leave the house! Groceries or not, getting out of the house can provide you and your little one the break and even fun that you need. Some of the places we’ve visited include the library, park, beach, mall, garden center, pet store, play dates, and yes, the grocery.
I love parenting, but I still have those days where I can’t believe how much of the day has gone by and we’ve done nothing. I’ve accepted that boredom will happen, is normal and will likely disappear with more fun and stimulation. In the meantime, I stick to activities I enjoy as well as new ones I find online to push the boredom aside.
Get more tips:
- How to Be Awesome at Playing with Your Kids (Even if You Don’t Like It)
- Why Too Many Toys Can Be Bad for Kids
- How to Nurture Your Child’s Creativity
- 5 Reasons I Suck at Being a Mom Sometimes
- How to Exercise with a Baby
How do you handle parental boredom at home? What are your favorite (and not-so-favorite) activities to do with your kids? Let us know in the comments below!
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