Boredom Breeds Creativity

Boredom Breed Creativity

From last summer…

So, sometimes my kids think I am the meanest mom in the world, because I eject them out of the house and into the backyard and tell them they aren’t to come back in for an hour (or until dinner or lunch or whatever). If they come to the door complaining I add more time to their outdoor stay. Now, usually for the first 15 minutes or so, they are upset at how mean I am and make sure I can tell by sitting or laying around looking miserable (always somewhere clearly visible through a window, so I am aware of the suffering I am causing them). But if I hold out and stick to my guns, this fifteen minutes of boredom is almost always followed by spurts of creativity and fun that I couldn’t possible create for them. When it is hot out, that usually means water wars, mud puddles and screams of delight. This morning it is an intensively creative building process on the corner of the yard. I think they are making a fort. They are finding unused piles of boards and repurposing various other yard toys into… well something. But the point is that they have been out their for more than two hours and have forgotten boredom and what a mean mom I am and are completely engaged in a creative activity of their own design. This wouldn’t happen without a little boredom first. I feel a little guilty that in a few minutes I will have to interupt them to take them to the swimming pool for a playdate…

So, just remember that when your kids say they are bored, that is awesome! They are taking the first step to something much more productive than video games, movies or other mindless entertainment. Bring on the boredom!!!!


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