AHHHHH...I had a nice long post all typed out, just previewed it and my sweet lil toddler decided to shut the computer down, ahhhh!
Ok, starting over!
This is not something that is tolerated in my home.
I absolutely agree with you! :) I have often told my children, "I am very sorry to tell you this, but I am not the cruise director."
one word: CHORES!
Whenever they say they're bored, say "Great! Because I have all this housework here that needs to be done! I'm so glad you're available to help!" Sends 'em packing for sure. ;o)
I agree with all the above. By providing entertainment FOR him, you're robbing him of the opportunity to figure out how to entertain himself, imo. Heck, some of the most fun the kids have had is when they're bored & just sit there for a while, then start coming up with things to do. Simple things, silly things, imaginative things. I'm thinking of one time in particular. Both of my kids were sitting on the couch, grumping about being bored. I left them alone for a while, and they figured out they could put on plays using hand-shadows (the sun was streaming through the windows at the perfect angle). They had fun, laughed a lot, and it was something they came up with all on their own. I do believe that for kids, some of the best creativity and imagination come from low activity, "bored" moments.
So try it, let him be bored. I'm sure at first there will be drama, as there is with anything right when you start it, but keep it up, see what he does....and come back & let us know!
editing to add a question: I see you have 3 other kids. What are they doing when your ds is bored? Do they complain of boredom too? Or is he only bored when they're not home? ...maybe you can figure out how he reacts differently from the others & discuss it with him as examples on how to help him reduce his boredom?
Oh my goodness!