When my kids say they are bored, I give them work to do. Even visiting kids know not to let me here them say they are bored.
I asked my kids what they would want me to say, when they said “Mom, I’m bored!”.
Zach, age 10 next month!, said, “Play the Wii for as many hours as you want to.” um……. NO!
Abigail, age 11, said, “Bring a kitten in the house and give me a paying job.” Ah, she’s willing for work for money!
Hannah, age 14 said, “I’ll buy you a new book!”
Calen, age 15 said, “You can play on the computer and the Wii, and I’ll let you rearrange the entire house. Here’s the keys, go take a drive.” Yeah, he likes to organize the house, problem is, we can’t find anything after he does! And the driving thing? NO!!!
So, You can ask your kids now, before they are actually bored during their summer vacation, what they would want you to say. Then when they actually say they are bored, you can give them their ideas!