It’s Raining, It’s Pouring … Is This Boring?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Whenever I check the forecast and see rain, my mind starts spinning. I’m trying to come up with things that my son and I could do indoors.

He’s usually happy reading books, playing with his trucks and singing along to his “tunes” while jumping up and down in place. It’s called being a toddler.

But there’s a part of me that feels that I should have a few other things planned for him. Some options, like I’m Julie McCoy.

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I worry that he’s bored. And I worry that by not having a rah-rah-siss-boom-bah activity at the ready for the rainy days, maybe I’m boring. I’m Boring Mommy (batteries sold separately).

I mentioned this whole indoor Buena Vista Social Club thing to my husband, dismissing it almost as soon as the words left my mouth.

He’s fine. He’s a kid. He likes hanging indoors with his books and music and jammies.

But my husband, hearing the wavering in my voice, waited until I was through with my verbal hop-scotch to made a good and simple point: “It’s also about you, and your own sanity,” he said, adding his typical sweet smile.

It’s true. At least when QB and I go to the park or run errands and tour around outdoors there’s a change a scenery, a chance to meet and chat with another adult. Yes, the chipper guy behind the bakery counter at the store counts. Better believe he does.

When we’re indoors for the whole day, things can begin to feel cabin fever-ish. It makes me really wonder about winter and the limiting snow storms that go with it.

There’s only so much singing and jumping up in place we can do before it dawns on us that we’ve gone a bit stir-crazy.

Curious, what do you do to keep the good times rolling indoors during inclement weather?


  • 1
    40 going on 28 says:

    My general plan: Letting them play with glue and paint, Play-doh, stickers, a little, putting on TMBG’s “NO!” for a sing-a-long, using my kitchen dishcloths as super-hero capes, and finally – just resorting to The Backyardigans right before dinner. I’ll also desperately call, email, text people for a playdate.

    • 1.1

      What’s hilarious is that outside of the glue and Pay-doh, I don’t know what any of the “indoor fun” tools you listed are. (Although, I have heard about the Backyardigans.) But, but, but…I’m sure I will be well-versed in all of it in a couple of months. Thanks for the good info, 40/28.

  • 2

    Your son is fine. It’s you who needs the outside stimulation….and that’s what Facebook and Twitter are for! Boy, I wish that I had social media when my son was younger and stuck inside on very cold winter days or rainy days.

    • 2.1

      You’re so right. Social media and the internet help big time. Still, there’s something about face-time with folks. But I’ll take Twitter and FB–not looking any gift horses in the mouth ’round here. :-)

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