By Karen Best Wright, B.S., M.A. Health & Wellness Educator
Have you ever been annoyed when your children or grandchildren complain, "There's nothing to do." I know I can't be the only mother who has heard those words. Then you start spouting a list of possibilities like "Go read a book, draw or color, go outside and play, or worse yet go clean your room." The response you get is, "That's boring. There's nothing to do." Back in my day we didn't have limitless video games and TV shows to make our brains go numb. Even now, I'm not big on relying on electronics to entertain kids (okay maybe a little, but only a little)
So what do you suggest? I usually found that if I was the one coming up with the ideas, I got a negative response. My ideas were often "boring." I found that if I encouraged the children to come up with their own "creative" ideas, we had better luck. My living room might have been turned into one big fort (using blankets and all). Another thing that proved fun across generations was putting on a play or talent show and video taping it. Now-a-days you just have to make sure they don't post it to Facebook unless you approve.
What ideas do your children or grandchildren come up with besides video games? Or what ideas do you come up with that doesn't make their noses wrinkle in disinterest? We also need to remember that it is not our total responsibility to make life not boring for everyone else. We all have imaginations.
What is yours?
A grandmother in love with her grandchildren