Curbing the “I’m bored”s this summer. FREE printable!

Perhaps you’ve seen this idea all over Facebook like I have or maybe you haven’t seen it. Either way it’s a great idea and definitely one that most us of parents need during the summer. Becky, the blogger from I Lift Heavy Things, did a post before last summer on her ideas to curve the “I’m bored”s that would inevitably come once the long, beautiful and leisurely days of summer came. I love this BORED acronym that she’s set up. It’s a set of questions that her kids need to answer before they can any kind of screen time. I don’t have the time or patience to put together a poster board the way Becky did, plus I don’t like my handwriting, so I created a printable that we’ve hung on our fridge.

BORED Summer Printable

So far it’s actually worked. I don’t know why I’m surprised though; it makes perfect sense. One afternoon my five-and-a-half year old son came up to me insisting on watching yet another TV show (despite that he had used up his screen time earlier that day). He hasn’t figured out what the word “bored” is so he doesn’t even know how to use it. Perfect timing as I had just finished creating our printable! I said to him, “Okay, let’s go through the list and see if you’ve done these things. If you have then you can watch a show.” Sure enough he had only done one thing out of the five. End of discussion, no questions asked and he didn’t try to negotiate with me (the kid should become a negotiator when he grows up, I tell ya).

Do you want one of your own? No problem! Simply click the link below to download and print it out. The original size is 8×11 so if you’re wanting to put it in a frame you’ll need to resize the image so you don’t have to trim the edges.

Download BORED printable.

Thanks again to Becky for inspiring me and helping us all find another weapon to beat the boredoms this summer!

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Elizabeth "Bert" Anderson is a stay-at-home mom of three living outside of the Twin Cities in Rogers. She's the author behind the blog First Time Mom, where she honestly chronicles the peaks and valleys of parenting. Even though she has more than one child, Bert maintains that whether you have one child or five, there's a first time for everything. She's a lover of cloth diapers, pop culture, healthy living and fitness.

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  • Anne Sweden

    What a great response to the problem of being bored! I especially like D….and use this one to think of a job for them to do. LOL

  • Amanda Felton

    I love this printout. Even though my son is only 3 this summer will be tough because I am having a baby in 2 weeks and will be looking for things for him to stay busy with, while adjusting to having a newborn around. Thank you for the article!

  • Alex P

    I love these kinds of easy printable reminders. It helps save everyone’s sanity. They have been really great for the kids I nanny and I am looking forward to the days when our little one is old enough to be “bored”.

    • FirstTimeMom MN

      Famous last words, right? No I totally agree, having something up for the kids to see helps so much!

  • kelli @ eatprayreadlove

    I would also like to use this as a printable- linking to your site of course and your site name on the printable as well. :)
    Thanks and have a great day!

    • FirstTimeMom MN

      Thanks Kelli!! It’s a great one to have hanging around, right?


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