I swear I wasn't like my own kids -- I don't know what it is, that they've been raised in a different generation with Dora and Email or what . . . but when I was younger when us kids were bored we'd go ask our mom what to do. She'd say, "Go stand on your head and stack BBs". That would make us mad but we'd just go and find something to do ourselves.
But seriously (and the 6-year-old is the hardest at this) we have a toy room full of toys (cars, trucks, planes, blocks, dolls, etc.), games (puzzles, cards, trouble, twister, the Wii, etc.), and outside stuff (swings, bikes, play house, chalk, slides, etc.) -- (I mean I'm pretty sure we have more toys than I had as a kid and we had 6 kids in the house!) and they freaking still stare at me like I'm their hired entertainer. And when I tell them to go play or find something to do it lasts 60 seconds and then they are right back at my side begging me to do some stuff -- not that I'm a week behind on cleaning or anything. It's amazing that kids don't think parents have anything to do. And I'm not sure if I thought that when I was a kid.
So finally I decide, "Yeah, let's get something special and do it together . . . " I went and bought a bunch of fun bubble blowers and bubbles. I even stay out there with them. Phone rings and I run inside, a few minutes later I come out and all the bubbles were dumped out and the rest of it they ruined or lost. So I get this stuff I would have loved to have as a kid and it just gets trashed and they don't even enjoy it. Like I have play dough -- I stay in the room with them. When I played playdough as a kid there was clay and other random stuff then we just used our imaginations and did lots of stuff with it. My kids and nieces mash all the colors together throw them on the floor (well not always, Ellie's pretty good about clay) - and if I ask them to make something from their imagination they stare at me like an alien; either that or they say, "I can't do it! You need to make it for me!!" But they won't learn to be creative unless forced to be so I try to force them and they refuse. What is a parent to do?
So yeah, there's my little rant . . . If anyone has any good ideas for me to help let me know! Or if you think this is just the summer vacation blues, let me know that, too!
PS - here's the update from this morning: So we have a box of like 300 blocks. I ask Christian to make a garage for his cars. I told him I'd help if he got stuck. I come back down with the laundry and he's tells me he's stuck (he hasn't even opened the box). So I help him a little bit. Then I tell him to make another and he says he can't. So I tell him he can't stop playing with the blocks until he makes something all by himself. He made a quick tower and then gave me tons of attitude about how blocks are boring and dumb!!??! Seriously how many castles I made with blocks as a kid???!!? I'm really starting to think it's how much TV kids watch!