Summer Boredom

by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on June 15, 2011

in Being Mom,Family,Kiddos

Whiney McWhinerpants are not my favorite types of people.

Having an almost-7-year-old gifted child with anxiety means hearing whining on a nearly round-the-clock timetable during the summer when school is out. Anna needs constant engagement with something. ANYthing. She has a very hard time creating “things to do” on her own. She does best when she has a schedule for which to adhere, when she knows the schedule, and when we follow the schedule.

Summertime is not ideal for a gifted child with anxiety who needs a schedule.

Unfortunately for my child, she has a mother who is not good at keeping a schedule, planning a schedule, nor adhering to a schedule.

I imagine this is what she's thinking of me right now.

My poor child has 3 rooms full of toys, a computer which she can use at her leisure, a television dedicated to Nickelodeon, a bucket full of learning activities, and a 5-year-old sister who is willing to play with her at any time doing anything.

All of this is not enough for Anna. She needs hourly planning, engaging activities, and a mother who is able to take her places to do things.

But, Anna has a mom who works from home, not making enough money to send her and her sister to a summer camp that would entertain her for the duration of the day while her mom works instead of entertains her.

This leaves me with a Whiney McWhinerpants child who is so frustrated with her unplanned, unscheduled situation, that she cries and complains about nearly every 30 minutes on days like today when we have “nothing to do.”

Luckily for both of us, I love her dearly.

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1 The Aunt of Whiney McWhinerpants June 15, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Lucky for Anna she has an Aunt who would plan her day from the minute she wakes up until she goes to bed. Just sedate her (the anxiety thing), put her on a plane and send her to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


2 Erin June 15, 2011 at 1:03 pm

What about filling a bowl with activities and letting her pick one after breakfast and after lunch? She can decide if it’s individual or family, and you can set a 2hr time limit. During the other times, it’s reading, TV, or computer?
An Awesome post on Erin´s blog … Changes


3 Robyn June 15, 2011 at 1:39 pm

And lucky that she’s cute, so she doesn’t make other people too crazy. She can come to my house…we’re pretty routine-ized around here. She can be the camp counselor for my kids. I’ll even pay her a dollar to keep them from whining.


4 Chibi Jeebs June 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I think Anna is my long-lost twin separated by many, many years. Well, minus the gifted part. Clearly.


5 Meredith June 15, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I was your child. And look how great I turned out! No worries, this too shall pass.


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