We’re halfway through the school holidays here, and with only three weeks to go the small ones are starting to get bored.
The way that they act when we decide to have a day in, you’d think they never got to do anything fun and exciting and we haven’t done anything at all for the past few weeks.
NO, I’m not going out every day with you. Some days, like today, we’re going to stay in as it’s ***** it down with rain out there.
So far this holidays, we’ve been for a day trip to York and acted like a tourist, been to the park, Diggerland theme park, Eureka Children’s Museum in Halifax, been to Whitby for a day at the beach, and a trip to the soft play centre for them to let off steam plus a hundred other things I’ve forgotten.
So yes, today, we’re staying in. Until I find a great big money tree in the garden that’s spouting five pound notes in place of the leaves, we’re going to sometimes have days of sitting in and not doing much.
What’s so wrong with ‘being bored’ anyway? Why should we feel like we have to spend every moment of every day filling their time for them and ‘doing’ things with them?
They can get left to their own playing devices today. Use that thing called your imagination, it’s a great little thing, and best of all it’s FREE.
Anyone would think they’ve forgotten how to use it, or don’t possess one the way they’ve been going on today.
After a morning full of either taking it in turns on the computer or watching telly, I’ve decided enough is enough and turned the lot off.
They’ve got a room full of toys and books. They’re not hard done by. I’m just refusing to give them ideas what to do today.
If they use that imagination of theirs, who knows what they’ll end up doing?
I used to love using my imagination when small. Cardboard boxes can become things like ships.
Right now, they’ve dug out the Play Doh craft box and are busy crafting a Sunday roast out of it.
So far, they’ve made a plate, roast beef, teeny tiny peas, Yorkshire puddings and are now making the knife and fork to go with it.
See they CAN amuse themselves when they have to….