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We are hitting those dog days of summer here, too, where the kids are bored of everything that they initially couldn't WAIT for summer to do, haha! If getting him to do the chores is a problem (although it sounds more like getting him to PLAY is a problem!), I combat the defiance by giving DS some say in when the chore will get done; ie., if I say in the morning, "So, what time do you think would be a good time for you to sweep the porch, before lunch or after lunch?" he chooses the time, the job gets done, and everyone is happy... He reacts much better to that than a direct "order."
To combat the bored, there's-nothing-to-do problem, I have made a big list of possible activities (from drawing a tennis court on the driveway to hit balls on; setting up a hula hoop target on the yard to chip golf balls into; play a game of mancala with someone; work on a 3rd grade activity book; build a house of cards; build something with Legos; take a bike ride with me to the park where we catch crayfish; etc...) and when he complains, I have him check the list. Sometimes he is in too ornery a mood to pick one, but sometimes it really helps. The other day he spent a whole afternoon cutting baseball pictures out of Sports Illustrateds and made a really awesome collage on a piece of posterboard; I took him to Michael's and bought him a cheap-o frame to put it in and he hung it in his room. It was time well spent!
OH! I also just taught him how to play Solitaire with cards, and he loves that! Keeps him occupied by himself for awhile!
Less than one month till school starts, whew... ;-)
Reading all of your threads on this is like reading what I have just posted. We are on Summer break here in the uk, and we have had a run of bad luck. First the timing belt went on the car, then my eldest was in hospital for 4 days, he had to have his appendix out. So we havnt been able to do a thing. Not being able to go anywhere we had planned because of the car, then not being able to go anywhere because of the hospital issue. And now the recovery time for my eldest. It might be that my son is frustrated with boredom as well. I wont let him out because we are on a main road, which is extremly busy, and most of his freinds live a good walk away. He is so ditsy I worry about him walking next to me, so letting him out on his own isnt an issue at the moment. I do occasionally ask him what he'd like to do, but he always comes out with an