And then, earlier this week, I absolutely had to take a day to catch up on the laundry/bills/cleaning — all the stuff that doesn’t get done while we’re doing the other fun stuff…and I had nothing planned for the kids to do. I made them go outside because it was nice and I didn’t even have suggestions on what to do when they got there.
Two minutes later, I heard The Mantra of Summer — “Mooooom! I’m bored. There’s nothing to do.” And it got me thinking that maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Kids need to be bored every once in a while. Sometimes life is boring. Even people in their dream jobs get bored on occasion. And we’ve just got to figure out how to deal.
Besides, when we act as summer-long cruise directors jumping from one activity to the next, kids become consumers. I don’t want consumer-kids — I want producer-kids. I worry that consumers expect everyone to attend to their entertainment. They grow up expecting everyone from their friends to their pastor to their spouse to function for their own amusement.
Producers make their own entertainment. They find interesting things to do. They create and invent and come up with cool new tech-y stuff I don’t understand. They make art. They make yummy food and write good books. They do things no one has ever done that way before. And maybe, just maybe, they start as bored kids in the backyard, trying to figure out what to do with a few pieces of lumber, a stack of bricks and a hose.
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