I'M Bored

United States
May 3, 2008 2:57pm CST
Ok so how many times a day does your child tell you this? My daughter is sitting here watching me and she says "Mom, I'm bored. What can I do?" I must here this from her at least 5 times a day. It doesn't matter that there are 100+ channels on the TV and music galore at the house. She has most everything she could want and she is still bored. When I was young we knew how to make our fun. We were out of the house as soon as possible in the morning and home when the street lights came on. We would check in from time to time , grab something to eat and away we went. I know kids can't run free like that anymore but what do you when your child tells you they are bored???
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@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
4 May 08
Whenever I used to tell my mom I was bored, she would give me chores to do. I quickly learned to find ways to keep myself occupied!
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• United States
4 May 08
good job I wish that would work.
@kezabelle (2985)
3 May 08
How old is she? amusing themselves with tv no matter how many channels is not really very healthy I dont think. Find her something to do instead either helping you or something fun to do herself if you have things you need to do. Sometimes its not about being bored as such more the need for attention and i think most children learn early on certains words and phrases with grab a parents attention "im bored" being one of them and my daughters personal favourite at 4 years old being "im really hot" this comes with her "im gunna be sick face" lol it used to get me going to her when she was ill now she tries it all the time, i find reading her a book or doing some baking settles the need for attention and she then happily plays alone, im guessin my daughter is a lot younger than yours but the prinicple is the same sometimes they just need a little nudge in the right direction of finding something to do
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• United States
4 May 08
Yes my daughter is quite a bit older than yours at 15 she has definately has learned all the buttons to push. I agree that I'm bored is a call out for some attention and she will generally get it if I am able to at that moment. A lot of times I hear this when I am on the phone talking to someone which really is not something I do all the time. I try to give her as much attention as she could possibly need.
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• United States
3 May 08
When my kids say those dreaded words, I give them something to do instead of telling them to 'find' something to do. Something like picking up their dirty clothes, doing the dishes, pulling weeds, washing the car, walking the dogs, etc. It doesn't take them long before they are not telling me how 'bored' they are. Try it. You can start giving chores to kids when they are about 3.
• United States
4 May 08
My daughter is 15 anmd she does have her share of chores. She has daily chores as well as weekend chores. I always try to suggest things for her to, but they are things she is not really interested in doing.
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@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
4 May 08
Thankfully my kids are grown and out of the house now but i do remember my daughter saying that to me. I always told her i didnt know what it feels like to be bored. My childhood i remember as yours was. As an adult i was never bored cause there is always something to do. How about getting her involved in what you are doing, etc. Household chores have a way of consuming time. LOL.
@robert19ph (4584)
• Philippines
4 May 08
I hear this a lot of times also from my kids especially now that they are at home. It seems they got these expression from watching TV. Most of the time after saying this, they found something to do to keep them busy. We sometime play scrabble or other boardgames if they are still bored. When they were still toddler we usually go out hiking outside the house but now that they are teenager, they prefer to stay inside the house and that's where they get bored playing computer games, reading books, listening to music and watching tv. It is really very different living in a city than in the countryside where you can just get out of the house without so much fuss.
@vaishalik (237)
• India
4 May 08
Change in work will never bore the kids. We must allow our kids to do what they are interested in. Or best way let them share your work & never bore with your kids.