How to Get Your Kids to HATE Being Still
We live in a go-go-go, do all the things!, over-scheduled, over-worked, over-caffeinated, and under-rested society. Anything less than full-steam-ahead is seen as wasting time. We are raising a generation of top-speed kids who cannot be still. And here’s how we’re doing it, folks!
1. Fill that schedule!
Wait, you have a free block of time on Tuesdays at four o’clock? What?! Don’t waste that slot!! Fill ‘er up!
2. Seek to eradicate boredom.
The last thing you want to hear is, “I’m bored!” so be sure to have entertainment on hand just in case. You want to keep those kids happy!
3. Be sure to hover!
Good parents know what is going on at all times and they seek to create activities and entertainment to keep those kiddos happy!
4. Remember that quiet time is for sleeping.
Don’t waste time! Being alone with yourself is so boring!
Do you want to get off of this roller coaster? Are you looking to break the cycle?
I honestly believe that we are raising a generation of children who will not know what to do with themselves when Mom and Dad stop scheduling everything for them. These kids have been over-booked for years, constantly receiving external validation for participation: trophies, ribbons, awards. When others stop planning activities for them, will these kids even know what they like to do? Will they know what they are good at? Will they know how to relax, to be still? Will they know how to be alone with themselves, or will they seek to repeat the cycle: filling every hour with something, anything.
How will a child learn what makes him truly, deeply happy if he’s never given the space to discover it for himself?
I think it’s extremely important to provide your child with plenty of opportunity, yes opportunity, to experience boredom. Boredom fuels creativity. Providing your child with plenty of space between all those must-dos and to-dos allows him space to grow, to learn about what he loves and what he loathes, and to discover those things that make him truly, deeply happy.
Do you think kids today are over-scheduled? Do you think boredom is important? Did you discover your passions in the space between? Share here!
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, Scary Mommy, GeekMom, and many others. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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