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There are three words that I am dreading to hear this
summer. Three words that I know are coming. Three words that so easily flow
from a kid’s lips. Those words are “I am bored.”
I know that at some point during the 12 week break from
school, my daughter will inform me that there
is absolutely nothing to do. It will happen, it’s just part of being a kid.
I can vividly recall when I, myself, said those three words to my own parents.
And my dad’s response not only put a stop to my boredom but totally changed my
perspective. I would never look at boredom the same way again.
I was about 10 when I said the dreaded, “I am bored.”
Actually thinking of myself at the age I probably said, “Like, I am like, so
bored!” My father wisely chided me. “There is no reason for boredom,” he
replied. “Everything is fascinating!” He enthusiastically asked me to name one
thing that was “boring.” My reply? Dirt.
He then sat me
down and gave me an HOUR LONG lecture about the importance and power of dirt. I
learned two things from this. One, dirt is an extremely fascinating subject and
two, you can find something interesting in almost everything and there is no
excuse for our kids to say that they are “bored.”
But, trust me, there will indeed be those moments when your
child will declare that there is nothing to do. And those moments always seem
to come when you are busy doing other things like working from home, cooking
dinner or, say, trying to stop a fire from destroying the house. That is why us
parents need to plan ahead, and that is just what I’m going to do in the
creation of an "Emergency Craft and Activity Kit."
Dude, it’s Rainbow Loom.
First, get a sturdy box and have your kids decorate it,
making it a project in itself. Make the box as un-boring as possible! Then fill
it with a variety of things but don’t let your kids see what you put in there,
that way there will be an element of surprise. Now, the box will have to be age
appropriate, so all the items will vary but here is what I’m putting in our Emergency
Craft and Activity Kit for my 8-year-old girl. And no, there are no DVDs or
video games, these are all “off-line” activities.