“I’m booored” If you’re house is like mine, you have heard this a lot in the past year. With activities cancelled and all of us spending a lot more time at home this phrase can cause stress. Is it our job as parents to provide entertainment for our children whenever they are bored. Love and logic author Dr. Charles Fay would say, no. We want our children to be able to know that the best way to feel good is to do something good. Here are a few phrases to help your children take control of their boredom
“What are you going to do about feeling so bored?”
“Some kids might decide to go into the yard and clean up after the dog.”
“Some kids decide to dust the furniture.”
“Some kids decide to read a book.”
“Sadly, some kids decide to go to their rooms and stay unhappy about it.”
“I love you. Good luck.”
Embrace the boredom and the chance to teach your children to take control of their entertainment.
For more on this topic, join Mrs. Bely and me on Wednesday, May 12 on zoom from 7:30-8:30 as we explore ways to empower children to entertain themselves.
Michelle Gerlach, Family life coordinator