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March 25th, 2013, 06:01 PM
Dolly Lama's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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My 12 year old (with high-functioning autism) is routinely bored, and I'm torn about exactly how to handle it. Am I supposed to be still finding stuff for her to do at this age? Shouldn't she be able to entertain herself? Part of me feels like I need to spend more time with her doing fun things, but as most of you understand I'm not feeling it at the moment.
Here are my 3 options unless someone here gives me a better idea.

A. Have her make a list of things to do, and when she complains, have her look at the list.
B. Give her chores to do.
C. Suck it up, grab a barf bag and try to be more active, which would only be a temporary fix with a new baby on the way.

Any thoughts?
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March 25th, 2013, 06:15 PM
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Make an activity jar and let her pick a paper out with a fun activity on it out of it
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March 25th, 2013, 06:43 PM
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Could you put her in an after school activity? Like perhaps, clay, or art, or soccer? I know soccer is great for autism. My 3 year old is high functioning autistic and altho we don't hear about his boredom, we see it. SHe *should* be able to find things to do on her own, but the autism is setting her back abit. Im sure a bit of chores would be ok? I wouldn't make the chores a do or be punished thing, but you could give her something to do and reward her, perhaps with a movie or something? I have a bunch of kids at home, and summer breaks coming soon. Its gonna be awful. I have been pregnant into September befor with them and altho they were a bit younger and not much for going out now they are older and I demand they go outside. I still find myself having to deligate how to have fun. Seriously lol. A craft for a girl could be fun. My sister has bendaroos, and she says her 11 year old twins love them. Maybe look into that or latch hook, those are easy. just some ideas. I have only boys so they make it harder to have fun lol
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March 25th, 2013, 06:50 PM
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I like hte idea of crafts. When we were little, my mom bought us a TON of craft supplies and we LOVED being able to make stuff..we made hats, sewed *fancy* pillows, decorated picture frames...a craft store would have lots of ideas and you can get alot of supplies at the dollar store.
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March 25th, 2013, 07:00 PM
Happy Song's Avatar Nicole
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Pinterest has great ideas, I like the jar idea with fun stuff, and chores so she never knows what she will get.
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March 25th, 2013, 08:03 PM
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If you are wanting to spend time with her, here are ideas for date nights, some need to be adjusted for mommy daughter time...

Six Sisters' Stuff: 32 Stay-At-Home Date Ideas (Plus links to 350+ more ideas!)
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March 27th, 2013, 08:59 AM
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I don't have much advice...my little one is 4 and she gets bored at home too- she spends a lot of time on her leap pad and abt 15 - 20 mins on her 'kitchen' . She is bored and I feel so guilty not being able to keep her from getting bored :/
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March 27th, 2013, 11:14 AM
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I don't have any advice, either. I am really struggling with my two little ones. We don't have a yard, so they are mostly just bored inside all day and I just don't have the energy to come up with things to do. We've been doing a lot of youtube videos, playdough, picture drawing and cuddling in my bed with HGTV.
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March 27th, 2013, 05:32 PM
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I wish I had better ideas too. DS is off of school this week for Spring Break, and of COURSE it's the week I'm sick, coughing and low grade fever. Just not feelin' it. We are rotating through all his toys right now and I'm just waiting for bedtime!
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