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Just A Guy Whose Kids Say They're Bored

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It is not our job to be our kid's entertainment coordinator.

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Bruce Sallan: I'm amazed when my boys tell me they're bored. Bored? With all the options they have today? The best response I ever heard to a kid saying "I'm bored" was "No, you're boring." A brilliant reply from a parent, and I wish I'd said it first. It is not our job to be our kid's entertainment coordinator.

When I was a kid, we played. Seems kind of quaint. We made up games. One of my favorites was called Mongoose, where we took two books and hit a ping-pong ball back and forth between them with the object to see how long we could keep it going. Then, there are all the adventures we'd go on in our own Huck Finn way. Places to explore, bikes to ride, trees to climb.

Today, kids seem to only have their screens. We need to get our kids to discover the joy of play. Everyone knows the obesity statistics for kids. Why? Because they're sedentary and definitely watching too much TV. I'm not accepting my kids ever saying they're bored anymore. Go outside, read a book, draw, write a play, build something, take the dogs for a walk, clean your room, practice cartwheels, use your imagination, or just play.

Maybe they literally have too many choices and I'm being too critical. After all, life can and was easier in the past when choices were fewer. I'm not being sarcastic with this thought. Are our kids so overwhelmed that they're essentially stuck? With the Internet alone, they have the world literally at their fingertips. But, what do I know, I'm just a guy.


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Chas January 11, 2010, 12:28 PM

In my home, if you were bored, it meant you needed to study for an hour at the kitchen table alone. That didn’t matter if your favorite TV show was about to come on in 5 minutes or if you planned to go to the mall in 45. You studied for 1 hour, no questions asked! That quickly removes that phrase from any teens vocabulary. I was about 9 or 10 when I eliminated it from my vocabulary. By the time I was 18, I had my own car and made my own money. Problem solved!

Sacha Tanna June 2, 2010, 3:11 AM

hi i am a kid and i get what your saying but i live in the middle of nowhere my mum is always busy and can never seem to play with me and the t.v. programes that are on are total utter drivle not like top cat or loooney toons and my sister is always out

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