It is almost time for kids to head back to school.
And if you haven't heard it enough already this summer.
kids start to run out of things to do about now.
In News 8's Parenting Today.
Martha Koloski has more on how to banish the summer
It is almost nearing the end of summer and a lot of
you parents may have heard from your kids that they
are just bored all the time.
But there is something called "The Gift of Boredom".
Hey, I believe in it.
And there is also something called O-S-D.
What's that? Overscheduling Disorder.
It's not a real thing.
We kinda made that up.
But that basically means kids that have something
going on all the time.A lot of stimulation.
So ask yourself this parents.
For instance, if you say yes to any of these questions.
You are competely worn out trying to help your kids
participate in all of their activities.
Or your kids appear anxious, irritable, stressed,
exhausted or hyperactive.
Or you kids do not have enough time to contribute
to the family by doing their chores or your kids complain
about being bored anytime they aren't being entertained.
If you answer yes to one or sometimes all of those.Maybe
we have O-S-D in our family.
You know life isn't always entertaining.
Isn't it important to allow our kids to experience
some boredom so they can learn to deal with that.
Rescuing them all the time robs them from that gift.
Yoiu don't have to be their personal entertainment
device all the time and find them things to do.
So how about some language, what can we say to kids?
If I come to you as a child and I say to you "Dad
I am so bored!" What are you supposed to tell them?
Here's what I would say, "Oh sweetie, what do you
think you're going to do about that?" And they're
going to say, "I don't know." Kids are really good
at shrugging their shoulders and staring at their
And I'll say " Some kids decide to go out i nthe yard
and pick up after the dog." And they're going to say,
"That sounds terrible!" "Even
some kids dust the furniture."
"And that's boring!" "And some kids find a quiet spot
and read a book." "I don't want to do that, that's
like school." "You know what Martha some kids decide
to go to their room and just be sad about being bored."
"I love you too much to argue about this, Good Luck."
And then I walk away.
Kids are really good at pushing our buttons.
Kind of playing this guilt trip.
Give them some options.
And then move away.
Let them figure it out.
And hopefully over time they know, okay I'm feeling
bored and after you go through this a few times, they'll
get the idea that they need to find something to do.
Also people should know that an overstimulated child
or an O-S-D family their kids might have more problems
in school because they've been so stimulated all summer
Thats' a great point.
A traditional classroom isn't as stimulating as playing
ball or going to the aquatic center or watching screens
all of the time.
So it's important to give them that Gift of Boredom.
And I say if you can't do it summerwide, start in
Give them that gift of boredom that we up the odds
that they can be more successful during those " boring
times" in school.
Thanks a lot Chris.
And if you want to know more about the gift of boredom
you can always head over to our website at News8000.com"