Don’t judge me. I have never made up an activity for my kids. We have never finger painted, or gathered leaves for an art project, or made molecules out of marshmallows. I have never searched online for a new game for a rainy afternoon. My boys have never asked me to entertain them.
When I had my first son over six years ago, Pinterest really wasn’t much of a thing yet. Maybe it existed. Maybe I knew what it was. But it didn’t have the social impact it currently has on mothers. Social media in general just wasn’t what it is today. I didn’t feel like I was in competition with every other mom in town. I didn’t post photos of my baby’s daily activities anywhere. I didn’t even think that was a thing!
Today, I feel like every mom is talking about what new activity they did with their toddler. “We baked. We made this picture. We time traveled. We patched the roof.” Whatever. But the point is, they entertain their kids all.day.long. And that’s OK for some people. But that’s not us.
I do not entertain my children. That’s not my job. I raise my children. I teach them. I feed them. I discipline them. But do you know that my kids have never told me they are bored? They have Legos and Magformers, about 200 Matchbox cars, a little train set and a few trucks. We have a little yard with some shovels and they each have a bike. They talk to our neighbors and even offer to do the dishes on occasion. They aren’t bored. They use their imagination and play together every single day.
I do not entertain my children. They are not bored. They are creative all on their own. Don’t get me wrong, they like it when I play with them. They involve me in some of their make-believe. But they don’t wait for me to start an activity. When they wake each morning, they grab a truck or two from the playroom and make up games in their bedroom until breakfast time. They play pretend all day. They race their bikes and scooters down the road and dig in the dirt, and they fill buckets with water for a car wash. They end each day dirty and exhausted. And I love that. I can clean my house, feed my baby, cook meals, and take a shower. Because I do not entertain my children.
My encouragement to you… Spend the day not giving your kids activities. It’s amazing what they can come up with all on their own with nothing but some blocks and a truck to knock them over. All of a sudden, they have a whole world of things to do, not just what you put in front of them at the table.