I heard a woman on the "The Today Show" emphasizing
the importance of being bored. She went on to explain that
creativity comes from boredom and most successful CEOs excel in
At lunch with a group of school moms last week we talked
about all the activities our kids were a part of. We talked about
the different gymnastics studios in Chicago and the pros and cons
We tried gymnastics and ended up quitting after three
In reality my daughter does gymnastics at home
using the couch as a trampoline and a chair as her bar. This
gymnastics class is free and I love listening to her talk to her
pretend students in an adorable make-believe way.
Do our kids need to go to karate, ballet, jazz,
tap, soccer, swimming, art, drums, French, piano, flag football
and/or drama after school?
Why can't our kids come home from school and have
free time to unwind from the structure of the day and use their
imagination to play?
Electronics are another distraction from being
bored. One woman said she turns off her families' wireless for two
hours every day so computers, tablets or phones cannot distract the
I tried this experiment (I actually just told the
kids no screens for two hours - I don't dare mess with the wireless
as the last thing I want to do is be on the phone with Comcast.)
and after protesting for a little too long they began to
My kindergartener suckered her big brother into a
game of school. He started out pouting, but soon was offering to
take his little sister to the "nurses office" explaining "this way
you get to miss class."
Somehow school turned into some sort of pirate ship
on the bed where the water (that I stepped in) was
There was screaming, laughing and a few
disagreements, but most importantly they were having fun and using
As I observed them I thought how strange it would
be for adults to "play" house without being on a stage. We live the
real thing and know about the highs and lows. Our lives our
undeniably structured, but I don't believe our children need to be
scheduled down to the minute just yet.
This is the time of their life that they should be
Beth Prystowsky is a grateful mother, wife, yoga teacher, and writer of Ups and Downs of a Yoga Mom.
See more of Beth's stories here.
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