It's official: summer vacation has begun! At the onset of summer my children embrace their newfound freedom with a passion that borders insanity. Based on summers past, though, I've learned that this euphoria lasts for roughly one week -- maybe two -- before we collectively fall apart like anchorless ships adrift in the vast expanse of endless unscheduled days.
The trick, I sense, is to insert enough routine to preserve sanity while still remaining at ease with the overarching looseness. As a preemptive strike, I've channeled my inner Tom Hanks so I'm ready when my kids appear to be floundering and unable to figure out what to do with themselves: "Are you bored? There's no boredom in summer!"
Let's remember this: If we parents refuse to supply a constant stream of entertainment when our kids show signs of boredom, we're doing them a huge service. Boredom, when rightly channeled, forces kids to be creative, brainstorm activities besides staring into a screen, discover new things, and tap into the resources around them.
Essentially, summer is only as boring as they are.
I've even posted an Anti-Boredom reminder on our refrigerator, one that I originally saw posted on Facebook and then searched to discover its origins on Pinterest here. BORED?
Be Creative. Outside Play. Read a Book. Exercise. Do Helpful Things. These five tips are surprisingly good for parents and kids alike.
Bored? Are you bored? Come on, now. There's no boredom in summer.