How to Deal with Homeschool Boredom

“Mom, I’m bored.” Have you heard that recently?

“Put the iPod on the dock please!” An admonition I’ve said many times to all my kids when they’re bored and find a screen.

Of course, I’m not immune to screen overuse either. But life exists beyond a screen, solitude, even, and we have to find stuff to do that isn’t tapping on the screen (which I am, hilariously, doing RIGHT now.)

And how do I deal with homeschool boredom beyond pacifying our kids with screens?

how to deal with homeschool boredom

In our culture, any boredom, homeschool boredom or mom boredom, is hard to come by because they are easy to quell.

For anything genuinely clever to emerge in our society, like new technology or book plots, new music, or scientific discovery, huge swaths of time are necessary.

We need to allow ourselves to feel boredom.

It’s a practice to accept our uncomfortable feelings.

But when we allow them, when we sit with them, when we get comfortable with them, we can learn from them.

When our kids were younger, we spent a good portion of our homeschool days living in new surroundings as we traveled a lot. Adjusting to a new locale was slow in the beginning. So we had to find ways to fill time in creative ways.

Once upon a time, I might have said, “If you’re bored, there’s always something to clean.” I certainly heard that as a child.

mother and children on a sofa: how to deal with homeschool boredom

Now, I say, “Boredom is good: free time to come up with new ideas and activities.”

Allow your kids, and encourage them, to follow their random curiosities.

Because now they have free time to…
Expect kids to go outside.

Plan for it. Make it part of your daily routine.

But don’t prescribe what they’re doing.

Just let them explore the wonders of the great outdoors. Let them fill in the blanks.

Open space in our schedules breed a bounty of curiosity and fun.

Teresa Wiedrick, author of Homeschool Mama Self-Care: Nurturing the Nurturer

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