I was never allowed to say that I was 'bored' when I was a little girl. "It shows a lack of imagination and intellience"... so I suppose that's how I feel about my boys and the 'b' word, especially in this day and age where one can't possibly be bored really can they. I mean things WERE really boring back in the 70's. Time went slow. Holidays dragged on. We just used to sit around and wait for things to happen or wander the streets until a bored friend came out to play.
So the 'b' word is not allowed in this house, in this generation (I promise I don't make them sit and eat stew after the lights are out, see 2 posts ago). Little one arrived home from his playdate at lunch time to find no brother (away on his own play date) and a busy Mum. He sat at the kitchen bench, chin in hand and knew, that when I said "what's up", what he was NOT allowed to say! "Just feeling a bit 'empty' Mum". "Oh I see. So what are you going to do about that?" I was not going to help him out in this instance. He has a big brother, who waits on him hand and foot, entertains him, reads to him, helps him. Time to be creative on your own son. I kept busy and he sat sighing. Out of the blue.... "I think I'll make a paper chain". Great. I excused myself and interrupted hubby's business meeting in the office, "ingredients for a paper chain required". His client looked bemused.
And there he sat for over an hour, despite having all the toys and gadgets in the world, a beautiful swimming pool and gorgeous lawn to play on (I could only dream of these when I was little).... making a paper chain.
... and then he rolled in it and got tangled in it... and dragged it through the house.... "no dragging sounds near the office please as Daddy has an appointment".... hours of amusement. Out of boredom comes creativity.... well a little bit!
Playdates at home today so the status quo has returned... no threat of 'b' today.
Have a great day!