Rebuttal: Read a book.
Negative Rebuttal: I don’t have any books. I’ve read them all. I’m so bored I’m going to die.
Winning Response: Get in the car. We are going to the library.
Yes, every mother’s secret weapon. The scourge of bored children everywhere. The Library.
Lined with beautiful books that you can grab and go. Looks interesting? Grab it. Back blurb got you curious? Add it. Author you like? Stack it.
And the beauty of it all, you get to walk out with them for nothing. So if it is a dud, no worries. You can return it no questions asked. But if you love it, if it opens new worlds for you, you can go back for more. And more. And more! Is there anything better than a summer spent reading library books? Debatable.