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Day One of Spring Break and Boredom has Descended

My children started their two-week spring break today. They watched television, played on the computer, played Wii, and then told me they were bored at 10 am. I knew that dreaded adjective would get some air play this week, but even the seasoned mother I am had hoped it would not emerge until day two.

Last week I was looking forward to some time doing nothing, but now I am panicking. My calendar has never looked so daunting in its bareness.

I had been bullish with optimism: at school age, my children are now adept at entertaining themselves (I thought), they are so busy during the school week between education and sports, I thought they’d enjoy some time to chill. They could frolick, hang, perhaps even simply play.

Isn’t this what we did in days gone past? Wander around the neighbourhood, popping back home when our stomaches growled louder than our friends could yell? We played in brooks, chased each other through forests, hung out in our basements. I don’t recall parents getting involved.

Times have changed.

Some gentle intervention was needed, lest they tear each other’s heads off. We went for an adventure walk, to the extreme chagrin of my oldest. We did yoga – my child’s suggestion, they are doing it in school – but she only lasted one downward dog. We baked a cake.

By the end of the day, they were getting the hang of hanging. Tonight I reshuffled my to-do list for the week, and replaced it with one word: play.

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  1. March 16, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Wow, Deanna…your kids get two weeks for spring break? Ours was last week…it’s only a week. I think the kids were happy to go back to school on Monday…I was happy to get back to our regular routine, although it was nice to have the week off from running them to cheerleading practice, etc.

    Wendy

    • March 16, 2011 at 9:02 pm

      Yes, nice to have a week off of driving them all over town, but I’m finding it’s a double edged sword!

  2. March 16, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Good job on getting them moving…a body in motion, right?! 🙂 Have you thought about having them go through their stuff and finding things to donate. Use the intention of making room for new things to replace them. It is a great way to stir up the energy flow! Enjoy your babies!

    • March 16, 2011 at 9:01 pm

      That’s a great idea – I love the idea of a purge!

  3. lucieloves
    March 17, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Too true D! Maybe they can build make necklaces out of those quinoa O’s tomorrow!
    My boys are so bored, even they are crafting!

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