Nothing to do

Louisa - posted on 11/26/2015 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My fourth grader is almost always on the internet. I putting limits on it, but I soon realized that besides internet, she has nothing to do. No friends that live nearby, no extracurricular activities she does, nothing. She needs something to do, or else she will become one massive lump of internet. She can't do sports because she runs out of stamina after two minutes, and she's only good at things that you need inspiration to do. What should I do about this?

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Dove - posted on 11/28/2015

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Books, puzzles, art projects, games w/ you... Teach her to cook. look for an extracurricular activity that she might want to learn.

As long as she has the internet to fall back on... she has no reason to TRY and think of anything else to do, so go ahead and keep the limits in place and encourage her to do other things. If she keeps bugging you for things to do after you have provided her w/ a few alternatives like above... put her to work. She'll learn real quick to entertain herself if she doesn't want to spend her time doing chores.

Sarah - posted on 11/28/2015

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I still stand by my post that unless she is medically unable, sports are a great option. All kids need exercise, and if she already has no stamina, it is time to fix that issue. I am not saying she has to go join some intense sport, but dance, tennis, even just playing outdoors is better than nothing.

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Sarah - posted on 11/28/2015

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So she reads, take to pick out her own books at the library. What else can she try?

Louisa - posted on 11/27/2015

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Based on the last sentence she actually does that. Constantly. When I give her books on her reading level, she finds them boring. But when I get her books that she likes, she finishes them in a few hours.

Sarah - posted on 11/26/2015

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Unless she has some sort of medical condition, she CAN do sports. Stamina will come with time and practice. If she doesn't enjoy sports, what about dance, art classes, music lessons or even chess club. She can always go to the library and get a stack of books to read.

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