Mom, I’m Bored.

Mom, I’m BORED.

Oh to have the luxury of boredom. Because boredom is indeed a luxury. I don’t remember the last time I was bored.

But my kids. Oh they do get bored.

Mom, I’m BORED.

If only I had a nickel . . .

I’m convinced that the reason kids get bored nowadays is because we don’t expect enough of them. I love reading historical fiction because when it’s done right, it gives me a glimpse into the lives people led in other times and places. In the Wilderness Series that I recently read, only the extremely wealthy had the luxury of boredom. Everyone had work to do from the time they were old enough to walk.

But nowadays are kids are so coddled, they rarely have enough responsibilities to keep them busy. Instead, they putter around the house, alternately complaining of boredom and begging to watch TV.

And speaking of TV and video games. It’s like the more they watch, the more they want. I have a theory about that. I think this modern medium has practically crippled young minds so that they cannot occupy themselves without being entertained. Again, back to my reading of historical fiction. Kids played with anything and nothing, all. day. long. They found stuff to do.

Mom, I’m BORED.

I have a friend who always says she doesn’t allow her kids to be bored. She gives them a chore when they say they’re bored. That usually shuts them up, she says. Easier said than done, I say. Then I have to supervise said chore.

Mom, I’m BORED.

Maybe I should send them off to farm camp for the summer. Is there such a thing? There should be.

How do you combat boredom at your house? Do you allow your kids to be bored? Do you put them to work? Give them a chore? Kick them out of the house? Or let them watch TV?

Mom, I’m BORED.

Really? Cause I’m sure not!!