Olivia and I have officially been diagnosed with a case of the January Blahs and we've got it bad. This is probably my least favorite time of year - too much yucky cold inversion to go play outside and Christmas has sapped my creativity. I have officially banned the word "bored" from our house because of overuse. "Mom I'm bored!" "Mom I'm bored!" "Mom I'm bored!" at least twenty times a day for the last week and of course nothing I suggest does the trick. I would love, love, LOVE all of your fabulous indoor/no friends to play with suggestions for your kids. Give me all of your creative fixes for bored, lonely kids please. She used to be so great at just playing on her own and finding things to do, but then she became social and now home and mom just don't do it for her. (On Saturday after she got tired of me and we couldn't get a hold of a friend she dramatically flopped onto the floor and sighed "nothing in my life is fun except for friends!" How sad is that?! Am I really so terrible to be around and such a failure at stimulating my kid?!)
Olivia has officially settled into kindergarten and I feel like (no - I KNOW) that she's ready for a little something extra. We tried karate for awhile (which she begged me all summer to take) but the class was huge with too many big kids and she only lasted two months before the anxiety just got the better of her. So now we are back to ballet. Just a small community ed class with nine other little girls and the first class yesterday evening went great so hopefully that will help her out of the Blahs a little. I've also found a Girl Scout troop in our community that we're going to get involved in and that should be good for her to branch out a little, make some new friends, and have some sort of fun or service activity once a week. I've never liked the philosophy of overbooking kids - trying to make them "well rounded" with a million different activities. But right now while she's only in school half day and doesn't have siblings close enough in age to really play with I am in desperate need here for ways to keep her busy!
So here is your challenge all of my fabulously creative and wonderful mommy friends. Send me some suggestions my way for ways to cure our January Blahs!