In the last article we discussed, from our own experiences and thoughts, what being bored meant. Think about how you process the meaning of “I am bored”, and what does that mean to children and how do you translate that to our children’s view point.
In this article, let’s look at how you can help your children to overcome the “I Am Bored” syndrome and throw out that vocabulary once and for all!
When someone is bored, it can mean:
- They are not actively using their creative mind and are dependent on being entertained.
- They are not “connected” to the things they do, or they have no idea WHAT they are doing or WHY they are doing it.
Children are born to have FUN in everything they do. They are eager, creative and extremely curious. When they lose that part of them, the “I am bored” syndrome takes over.
In order to find the “fun” and “spark” in everything they (preschool age and school age) do let’s introduce the “Intentions” setting. And this applies to adults as well.
For example, when they play or create something, it would be helpful if they knew where the “exercise” was heading. It is always very helpful when they can feel or connect to what lies ahead or when they can see the end picture, that’s where they get the motivation (and personal challenge) to complete the task.
For example, before you introduce something fun for them to do, let’s help them set intentions through questioning (apply this according to their level of understanding):
- What are you creating?
- That’s look fun, what does it do?
- Can you show me how it is done?
- What can the game or activity achieve?
- How many ways do you think you can achieve that?
- How can you achieve this?
- What’s the next step after this?
When someone can see the end picture/results of what they are working towards, they will find the motivation and the energy to achieve the end result that is in their mind.
Of course, being a parent, it would be of great help to be involved and connect to what your children are aiming to achieve. Stay connected and be interested in their journey of creation, as this is a great way to encourage your children.
With this mindset, I can guarantee you will wipe out the “I Am Bored” from their vocabulary once and for all.
Share you thoughts!