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Published: Wednesday, June 12 2013 10:30 p.m. MDT

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Mom of 8
Hyrum, UT

Each June I spend about $20 at the dollar store buying random art and water supplies. Then when my kids claim they're bored, I choose two items and challenge them to come up with something creative with them.

After a few threats from me, and sighs of exasperation from them, something great inevitably happens and they're happy for an hour or two.

I don't mind the mess. Creativity is messy.

Danny Chipman
Lehi, UT

When I was growing up (not all that long ago), if we said we were bored, Mom assigned extra chores. We quickly learned not to say "I'm bored".

Gildas
LOGAN, UT

As with Mr Chipman of Lehi you didn't complain of boredom at our house. Mom would quickly put you to work.

Why not, though, decrease the summer break to one month and reduce the school leaving age accordingly.

jeanie
orem, UT

We had a boredom jar at our home but it never got used. It contained a mixture of chores and fun things to do. If a kid said he was bored I would offer the jar. The rule was that no matter what they picked out they had of do it. My kids would always find something else to do.

Redshirt1701
Deep Space 9, Ut

In my family we have a simple solution to kids saying that they are bored, and it cost about $3. If they are bored, I hand my kid their own personal weeding stool made out of a 2x4 and tell them to weed for 15 minutes.

The amazing thing is that after the first 2 or 3 times that happens, they never say they are bored.

worf
Mcallen, TX

We don't have time to be bored.

Laziness is the cause of boredom.

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