One of the few phrases that should die off from all languages, “I’m bored”. Kids learn this phrase quickly as the art of patience experiences a rapid decline. Does anybody remember the definition?

Bored: Feeling weary because one is unoccupied or lacks interest in one’s current activity.

While I was putting away laundry this morning, I came up with a new perspective for boredom.

Building: This can be literal building (I’m looking at you legos) or building up their skills (hello gymnastics in the basement) to create anything.

Opportunities: Are there activities (library, park, friends) that your kid needs your help to engage? If so, give them a hand to get there!

Responsible: Has your kid helped around the house? Little ones should be in the habit of picking up after themselves, and as they age — begin chores.

Education: Is their homework complete? Have they read or engaged in something new? There are so many educational outlets now.

Decisions: If a child struggles with anxiety… then boredom is usually a sign of indecision. A child has to decide to do something. If they’re overwhelmed with their toys — maybe now is the time for gathering up donations.

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