When I was a child, my mom used to say that 'bored' means 'lack of thought.' If I said I was bored, I was essentially saying I am not thinking. She told me that one time, the second time (and all the rest of the times) she would put me to work. I had to do chores right on the spot because I wasn't thinking and that wasn't good. So how do you raise kids who never get bored? I've got three steps to help you help your child stop being bored.
Step One- Education
The more your child knows, the more creatively he can think. Spend lots of time, at first, helping your child develop talents and hone all sorts of skills. Teach him to sew, draw, paint, dance, create videos and digital artwork, or anything to expand his view of the world and himself.
My mom used to tell me to learn at least one new skill or hobby every year, and in a very short time, I would have so many things I like to do, that I would no longer get bored. So far, her advice has held true. I am skilled in so many craft and art mediums that I do not remember the last time I truly felt bored.
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Step Two- Reminders
Remind your child that bored means lack of thought and that he isn't bored, he just needs to find what he wants to do. When your child is not bored, help him make a list of things he likes to do and hang it on his bedroom wall. Remind him of all the things he likes to do and help him create new ways of doing some of them.
It is okay to say what you feel, but saying out loud that you are bored just perpetuates that feeling. Also, you may have noticed, from being a kid and caring for lots of kids, it's not that they don't have anything to do, but it's that they don't want to do any of the things they have to do.
Step Three- Follow- Through
This is an EXTREMELY important step. When you say you will put him to work if you hear him say he is bored, do it! If he says he is bored after one warning, he clearly is desperate to think again, so give him an age- appropriate job to "get his brain going, again."
I once told my mom I was bored, and she had an extreme reaction. She dramatically said "Oh no! You're bored, that means you are not thinking, we'd better do something quick!" Then she made me help her clean the whole house for about 2 hours. Needless to say, I never expressed my boredom again.
Being raised in a household where expressing boredom was not allowed, It is sometimes difficult to hear kids whine "I'm bored..." five seconds after we've stopped an activity. I start telling them that you do not allow kids to tell you they are bored. Say, "You can ask me for help deciding what to do, sometimes, but boredom means lack of thought. If you are not thinking, we will have to get to work to get your brain thinking, again." No child will tell you they are bored more than two or three times.
I am a writer, nanny and artist who loves to see families have fun together. Family is so important and that is why I am so passionate about helping parents and children grow closer and learn to uplift one another instead of put each other down. My mom was a nanny and very creative, so I guess that's where I get my creativity and love for my family!