Each June I spend about $20 at the dollar store buying random art and water
supplies. Then when my kids claim they're bored, I choose two items and
challenge them to come up with something creative with them. After a
few threats from me, and sighs of exasperation from them, something great
inevitably happens and they're happy for an hour or two.I
don't mind the mess. Creativity is messy.
When I was growing up (not all that long ago), if we said we were bored, Mom
assigned extra chores. We quickly learned not to say "I'm bored".
As with Mr Chipman of Lehi you didn't complain of boredom at our house.
Mom would quickly put you to work.Why not, though, decrease the
summer break to one month and reduce the school leaving age accordingly.
We had a boredom jar at our home but it never got used. It contained a mixture
of chores and fun things to do. If a kid said he was bored I would offer the
jar. The rule was that no matter what they picked out they had of do it. My
kids would always find something else to do.
In my family we have a simple solution to kids saying that they are bored, and
it cost about $3. If they are bored, I hand my kid their own personal weeding
stool made out of a 2x4 and tell them to weed for 15 minutes.The
amazing thing is that after the first 2 or 3 times that happens, they never say
they are bored.
We don't have time to be bored.Laziness is the cause of