• 1 month ago

    Need Help

    My 6, almost 7 year old son is extremely needy and I don't know what to do about it! All he does is complain about how bored he is all the time, even though he has a bunch of stuff he can do. I give him a list and he still says there's nothing to do, even if we go to the park or go out anywhere he still whines and complains. I'm a single mom, I have a lot to do and sometimes I just need to relax because of my health issues, but unless it involves electronics he will not entertain himself. I have told him that if he doesn't start finding something to do like most kids do, then electronics were going to be done and over with. But he still won't ever entertain himself or use his imagination. Does anyone have any advice?!?!

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  • 1 month ago

    RE: Need Help

    I'm with you...'I'm bored' are some of the most dreaded words I hear every day :) Sometimes I know that my daughter says them in a bid for my attention. In those cases I try to include her in whatever I'm doing - making dinner, folding laundry, making beds. I try to make it a game and it works about half the time. She definitely started saying it more and more after we put a limit on her electronics time. I think it was her way of trying to break us down and have us just giver her back her devices to keep her occupied. But we stayed strong!

    She's allowed two 30-minute time periods a day where she can use her electronics. After that, it's use your imagination time. Paint, play with legos, read, go outside, whatever she wants. One of the best things we did that I found online is to make a boredom jar. We wrote a bunch of different activities down on popsicle sticks and put them in the jar. When she says she's bored and doesn't like the ideas I'm throwing out there, it's pick from the jar time. Whatever the stick she picks says is what we do. It's made it into a kind of game. Good luck beating the boredom bug!
  • 21 days ago

    RE: Need Help

    If I only had the answer to that same question. Just know you are not alone and it is very time consuming and somewhat annoying to say the least. I do hope you find the right answer for you and your child, the only advice I can give you is to ask questions. Lead them to their own activity so that they can start working it out on their own eventually. It's a long and patient road but you'll get there. Best of luck