Glad to once again be part of the Hearts at Home Third Thurday Blog Hop, where the theme is summer. And don't you love summer? A time for staying up, sleeping in, swimming, cookouts--also the perfect time for regularly inflicting boredom on kids.
If you ask my seven at home how I do this they would tell you: No screens of any kind before lunch. And on Tuesdays and Thursdays no electronic games at all. Zip. None. Nada. Add a short list of daily chores and thirty minutes of reading, and there you have it: summer at the Sims' home.
Cory sometimes says it's torture. But I tell him--summer ain't what it use to be.
When I was a kid I would regularly hop on my bike with my lunch packed and go meet my BFF for a day of exploring. Be home by dinner was my mother's only rule.
My kids have no such luxury as allowing long, unsupervised hours is simply too risky. Consequently, summer days have to be structured. So I leave room for plenty of boredom.
Why allow boredom? Because life is boring sometimes, and kids better be able to handle it. It doesn't take too long for a mother to figure out that to constantly entertain kids is exhausting and expensive, not to mention unfair to them.
Yes, like you, I hear, "I'm bored" several times a week. And I sometimes dig out a neglected book or board game. It's funny, though, that even when I don't make a suggestion, they always figure it out. Yesterday, for instance, Emma, 13, read to Dorothy, 8; Cory, 11, and Silas, 5, made up a Star Wars movie.
I frequently remind my kids that boredom is a blessing--it leaves you grateful for all the other times when you have something to do.
As I write this, the Sims family lives in the land of entertainment: minutes from the beach and just a few hours from Disney, Universal, Lego Land and even Gator Land. Nothing wrong with these places that provide lots of fun (not to mention thousands of jobs). I am sure we will visit a theme park or two before we leave this part of the country. I am, after all, married to Captain Fun.
But life is not Disney World. Life is life. And Disney World is Disney World. And you better make sure your kids know the difference.