Today the theme over at Rocks in My Dryer is the “Mom I’m Bored” addition. Basically any idea to cure summer boredom. Since I don’t have any children in school beyond preschool, summer doesn’t really present any unique challenges that I don’t have all year long in the trying to dream up something to entertain my kids (besides the standbys TV and computer time)
That being said the best thing I have found is joining a mom’s group/playgroup. When we lived in Chicago, it was a wonderful group of moms who met weekly for bible study and fellowship while our kids played with a babysitter.
Since we moved, I have joined 2 moms groups. MOPS is a great group that meets at churches around the country. I was skeptical when I heard you made crafts every week, but at my church the crafts have actually been very cool and I have unleashed my inner Martha. While I am bonding with other mommies, my kids are basically getting a Sunday school lesson downstairs. The bummer here is that it only meets during the school year so this does nothing to solve the above problem.
My other group is a local chapter of Mom’s Club international. This group is a lifesaver. We have weekly playgroups and several other activities during the week. Yesterday we toured a local Michael’s and each kids got to make a craft. Next week we head to Marble Slab Creamery (there is often a lot of food involved). The best part is, if I am bored and there is nothing on our mom’s club calendar, someone is usually sending out emails for impromptu playdates.
I encourage you to look around in your area and find out what is being offered for moms. There are many more groups besides the ones I have mentioned. It is a great way to connect, make great friends and keep the boredom away.