Are they REALLY Bored? 5 Tips to Inspire Your Kids for Life

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Are they Really Bored by Miami Moms Blog Contributor Adita Lang

I love being a mother but one of my pet peeves is hearing…”Mom, I’m BORED!” Really… I grew up making things, building things, and creating the most elaborate imaginary worlds any brain could conjure up. Me and my friends made it happen.

I have noticed a big difference though. I loved my toys, read books to create new projects, and enjoyed the company of dolls when my friends were unavailable. In today’s world, the computer has taken over, the love for a toy has dwindled in intensity, and creativity has taken a back seat. For us, the latest toy was the rage, which made us move and play around. For them it’s about an app or a computer game, leaving them still on a chair or couch.

Are they really bored?

It’s all in how you look at it. As parents, we need to teach them new ways of doing things, encourage them to do something different, and take the power away from the device of choice. Research has proven, time and time again, that boredom leads to creativity.

I do have a disclaimer though, if they are bored and you take away the device, they will create a bit of chaos. The question is…how much patience do you have? I know it can be harsh, I have two kids. I have gotten this down to a full 40 minutes. Yup, 40 minutes of loud, grumpy, and not happy comments, and then…like magic, they go off and create, build, or read (in a real book!). I do have my moments when my fuse is short, and I daydream of silence by iPad, but these are soon to be “adults” and I want them to have the skills to flourish in any situation.

With that said, here are my Top 5 Things I use to encourage creativity and reduce boredom:

1. COOKING

Let’s figure out a new meal, order the ingredients, prep, make a menu, and anything else to make it fun and fanciful. Once kids can walk, they can cook. Now granted, with the smaller ones the mess is larger. However, the reward of having a child that enjoys the kitchen through adulthood is worth every splash and spill.

Are they Really Bored by Miami Moms Blog Contributor Adita Lang

2. Pinterest CRAFT Page

Computers are part of our world. We can’t keep our children away from them all the time, but we can encourage them to use them in a constructive and creative manner at times. The day I introduced Pinterest to my daughter, she spent an amazing amount of time finding cool crafts and then the same amount of time making it all.

3. Encourage your kids to BUILD

Home Depot has a building project for kids once a month. Both of my kids have gone since they were very little. To this day my 14-year-old loves taking his nephews and encouraging them to build. This is where my kids learned how to use a hammer, screwdriver, and paint things to match their rooms. I was encouraged, at a very young age, to re-make things in my room and change them up. Adding a shelf here or a trim, helped to create my own space. The ability to build and create has served me to this day.

Are they really bored by Miami Moms Blog Contributor Adita Lang

4. READING as the doorway to a new world

Computer games take a child into another world where they have full control of everything around them. Then, once they come back to reality, with no control over their immediate world, they get bored. Inspiring our children to delve into some of the great stories of our times, can take them into a whole new world. A great book can transport into a medieval forest or experience life as a king or queen, and see how the world functions from an author’s point of view. With books, there’s so much diversity, you can read about a hobby, plan an adventure, or elicit their ability to plan the next family trip.

5. CREATING a new world for fun

The ability to take a box and make it your castle, create a fort in the sofa, or arrange a grouping of sheets can make for quite an afternoon of fun and giggles.

What’s important to remember is that in many households this is not the norm.  Sometimes we have to get down to the level of our kids. Show them a trick or two to help get the creative juices flowing and the fun ignited.

Ignite your Immune System for your SuperPowers of Health, 

Adita

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Adita Yrizarry-Lang is a best-selling author, speaker and holistic lifestyle coach. She’s a mother of 2 which is her greatest claim to fame! Adita is a big-hearted entrepreneur and thought leader. She started out as a fitness instructor over 30 years ago, training other fitness professional in various modalities world-wide. She recognized that individuals were struggling to change their bodies and health, and formulated her 4 Pillars of Health – exercise and movement, food and nutrition, sleep and relaxation, and happiness - as a more holistic approach to health and wellbeing. Her ferocious appetite to coach individuals and groups to better health has driven her to speak at various Fortune 500 companies, schools, and private organizations on the benefits of quality foods, longevity, and amazing health. Adita’s mission…encourage individuals to live Inspired. She wants to bring out the challenges and offer solutions to make SuperPowers shine and life thrive on! SuperPowers, A Busy Woman's Guide to Health and Happiness and SuperPowers of the Family Kitchen can be found on Amazon or at www.ADITALANG.COM. Follow me on INSTAGRAM @AditaLang

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  1. This is great! I love having my kids turn off the tv and enjoy books, play time and being creative!

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