“A FULL CONNECTION”
(Jun. 11, 2020) — The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on everyone all over the world. It has impacted the livelihood of so many people with orders to stay home, and it has made people re-evaluate their personal cleanliness habits. But one group of people it has hit pretty hard are kids.
Schools have been given orders to not reopen until the government and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have given the green light that it’s safe; this is, of course, to help reduce the spread of the deadly disease. And although the schools closing is indeed helping the world reduce the spread of the disease, it’s posing another issue in the homes of many families…
With the kids no longer being in school most of the day and parents working from home, it’s leaving kids with nothing to do. Most parents look at boredom as a problem that they need to immediately fix, but ahaparenting.com states that letting your children experience boredom can be the best thing you could ever do for them.
You’re probably thinking how in the world is this possible… Well, boredom allows your children to explore their unstructured time. When they have “nothing to do,” that “nothing to do” time gives way for them to explore their passions and creativity. Relying on YouTube can potentially rob them of any opportunity to respond to their heart’s true desires.
Handling the “I’m Bored” Syndrome
When your kids come to you saying “I’m bored…” it kind of puts you on the spot, doesn’t it? It makes you feel like you need to pull out all their toys, sit them in front of them, and let them have their way with the toys. But a lot of the times when kids are bored, it’s usually because of these things:
- They’re not used to having to find fun things to do by themselves
- They need to connect more with their parents
- They’re too used to finding entertainment in “screen time”
If you’re battling the “I’m bored” syndrome with your children, take a look at the different ways you can help your children get back to the basics of fun and help them embrace having “nothing to do.”
Let them help you with your work
With the pandemic forcing most people to work from home, and your kids being home at the same time, it can be a bit distracting to try to effectively work with your children home. They’re, of course, going to demand your attention, whether they want snacks, get cranky because they need a nap, or just want to play with you… and they demand this while you’re trying to work.
Instead of shoving YouTube in their face, consider letting them be your “work assistant.” This not only gives them “something to do” but it also can be a bonding moment for you and your kid as well as a learning experience. They can help you organize papers, they can help you count things, etc.; even if it’s work you’ve completely made up, let them help. It will give them purpose.
Help them discover the beauty of the outdoors
When you were growing up, fun for you was playing outside… that was all you knew! But the digital era we live in today has robbed our children of that beautiful experience to a certain degree. With the pandemic going on, most stores are closed and you’re trying to minimize screen time, so why not show your kids the beauty of outdoors.
By going outside, you and your kids can plant a garden, you can teach them about saving nature, and you can pitch a tent and camp out like the cowboys used to.
Help them discover the power of music
Music is the universal language of all cultures, whether they want to play music or listen to it. There are music academies all over that offer piano lessons for kids, and by getting them involved in piano lessons, it will not only improve them as a student once schools open back up but it will also broaden their ways of thinking and improve their social skills as well.
Make a full connection with them
Sometimes your kids just need to connect with you, and it’s as simple as that. When they come to you saying how bored they are, tell them to come and sit with you and watch TV or to just talk. Watching TV can get boring too but sometimes it’s better to be bored together.
Talking with them will help you understand who they are as a person and give you insight into their interests and feelings. They will appreciate you more for doing “nothing” with them than doing nothing alone.