Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Boredom as an emotion

Another homeschooling mom once wrote, "It's a valuable lesson to learn to deal with boredom, just like all other emotions."

Until I read that, I hadn’t ever thought of boredom as an emotion. I liked the idea. When a child comes to me seeking advice on how to deal with any emotional state, I'm flattered and glad for the opportunity.

Sometimes the real message behind "I'm bored" is "I'm little and feeling agitated and vaguely unhappy and I don't know what I can do to get over this uncomfortable feeling. What would you do if you were my age, in this house, on a day like this?"

The words above are straight from
Bored No More, an article I wrote in 1998.
I just left out all the boring parts!

the photo is by Holly Dodd

1 comment:

  1. That's so helpful and such a neat way to look at it! What a gracious and gentle approach.


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