Can’t tell you how many times I hear this word in a day. I usually reply with a few suggestions (that usually get shot down), but sometimes when I feel really exasperated I might say, “only boring people get bored” (god, wouldn’t you hate it if your mom kept saying that to you?). The girls have been out of school for almost 2 weeks now and while we’ve managed to schedule a lot of outings and activities since then, I can’t do it everyday. I just can’t. I’m not afraid to admit that I’m a homebody at heart, but this is hard to be when you have kids. I need quiet and alone time for my sanity and sometimes I just need to stay home for awhile. Sounds selfish as a parent, but trust me, it’s not. It’s really hard to be “on” all the time. I’m not Julie, the Cruise Director, not even close. While I do believe that kids need activity and stimulation, I don’t believe that it needs to be constant. I think my generation of parents feel like they need to schedule activities for their kids everyday, but where does this come from? When we were kids growing up, we didn’t really do much. We sometimes went to camp and we watched a lot of TV. I’m not even sure who babysat us during the day in the summers after my grandmother moved out because I don’t remember. Different times.
My girls are pretty good at entertaining themselves by reading and playing and they aren’t the type of kids who bounce off the walls and need to be outdoors all day, but when I hear the word “bored” not even 10 minutes since the last time they complained they were bored, I just have to remember that I was once a kid too. A kid who at times felt bored during summer vacations because the days felt impossibly long. A kid who draped herself listlessly on the couch because there was “nothing” else to do. I guess times really aren’t that different.
(btw, that isn’t our house, in case you were wondering. You can get bored in other places too, apparently).