Do you ever get bored?
Our five-year-old son has recently started throwing out the “I’m bored” line, usually when something he was looking forward to doesn’t work out and he’s “stuck” playing inside at home.
The funny thing is that I realized I was a bit jealous when I heard him say it!
When I was a kid, I probably told my parents I was bored no less than 100 times a week.
We grew up in the sticks, and we were quite poor, so I didn’t get the chance to do a lot of the stuff that my friends from school were doing. No Little League, no soccer, no Boy Scouts and no neighborhood kids to play with.
Now, this wasn’t entirely bad. It really helped me develop a love for the outdoors and a pretty wicked imagination.
I guess that will happen when your idea of fun is getting yourself lost in the woods so you can find your way back home, all while pretending you’re a ninja. But, alas, I was quite a bored little guy for many years.
And I miss it.
No Time for Boredom!
Of course, nowadays there are WAY too many things going on to ever be bored.
I’m sure you can relate to the hectic life of a young married couple, especially if you have little kids looking to you to keep them entertained (and fed).
We work a lot to advance our careers, and many of us continue to grow our education at the same time.
We help out in our community and church as much as we can.
We coach tee-ball and attend every weekend soccer game to support our kids.
We visit our own parents to see how they’re doing and to show off their grandkids.
We try to exercise and spend time with our friends occasionally.
We read books to expand our mind and watch TV to help it contract back a little.
We make sure our spouse knows they’re the top priority in all of this craziness by carving out a few sacred minutes each day to spend some quality time together.
And some of us even blog late into the night to help make sense of it all for others (but mostly for ourselves).
Personally, I am a lot of things, but bored is not one of them!
Help Your Kids Be Bored
I have to be honest: when I hear our kids say they are bored, I smile a little.
They are involved in a lot of activities and they certainly are not suffering from a lack of “stuff” to keep them occupied even if, God forbid, there’s a rainy day that keeps them cooped up. But they do have down time in their young lives to just sit and draw, play together and imagine they are on crazy adventures that don’t require a TV or a schedule.
Our kids get bored sometimes, and that is awesome.Photo by John-Morgan