Are you wondering what you can do about it?
The answer: plenty! Sometimes all it takes is a good idea and a little nudge from Mom or Dad to get kids started on a project that holds their attention for hours. And I’ve found just the place to find those good ideas.
In this article, I’ll share 10 boredom-busters from the book, Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun, by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen.
Boredom is part of growing up. Even kids with tons of books, toys and electronics feel sometimes like they have nothing to do. And that’s not always a bad thing. Getting bored once in a while promotes creativity, allowing kids’ minds to wander to interesting places.
The trouble with our society is that we, along with our kids, have become passive consumers. So when your 10-year-old son complains about being bored, you simply drive to Game Stop, pick up Super Mario Galaxy (nevermind that he has 20 other games!) and get on with your busy day.
Is it difficult to let go and let them learn things, the hard way?
Merriam-Webster defines adventure as “an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks.”
In this article, I’ll share five adventures that encourage parents like you and me to say “yes” and let our children learn by taking risks.
I gleaned them from Gever Tulley’s book, 50 Dangerous Things (You Should Let Your Children Do).
Why Let Kids Do Dangerous Projects?
At what age would you feel comfortable letting your child use a sharp knife?
Before you answer that question, consider the risks of using a sharp knife; for example, small cuts and scratches or even deep wounds. Then start from age 2 and keep going up until you’re sure you could hand your child a sharp knife without having to say, “Be careful!”
If the thought of exposing your children to the slightest dangerous situation makes you shudder, don’t worry—you’re not alone. Most parents wouldn’t dream of putting their children in harm’s way, at least not on purpose!
Unfortunately we live in a dangerous world.
Would you like to live an incredibly adventurous life with your kids?
Are you willing to burst out of your rut to live it?
It’s not that complicated. Living a life of incredible adventure is something that anyone can do.
The problem is most of us overthink it. We spend too much time talking, planning and worrying about outcomes.
The key is to “just do it!” Just go after those things that inspire or even challenge you, and experience them with the people you love—like your kids.
In this article, I’ll share six tips I gleaned from Bob Goff’s book, Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World, which inspires ordinary people like you and me not to just dream about doing things, but to step out in faith and start living life to the fullest.
What’s Love Got to Do With It?
The theme of this book is love. Not the kind of love that stops at fuzzy thoughts and feelings. But the kind that takes action and makes an impact. This kind of love is not safe. It’s risky and beautiful and makes you do stuff.
The reason why Goff can speak of love and living incredibly at the same time is his own faith. His understanding of how God loves people empowers him to live a life of full engagement, adventure and excitement.
Are you wondering how to get them outside to experience the wonders of nature?
If so, you’re not alone.
Children (and the rest of us) are enamored with our electronic gadgets. We have been sold a bill of goods about the value of having a digital life.
In this article I’ll reveal a dozen ideas I gleaned from Richard Louv’s book, Last Child in the Woods, which champions a better way for kids to live—with nature.
In a 2010 study, the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the average young American (ages 8-18) spends practically every waking minute—except for time in school—using a smartphone, computer, television or other electronic device.
Sadly, the quality of life isn’t measured by how many Facebook friends we have, or how well our kids play Wii games or how many songs they have on their iPod. One way to measure is by what we have lost or traded.