Summer Break

When I was little, summer seemed to go on for eternity.  As a child of the 70s, the days were filled with playing outside with neighborhood kids. We drank from the hose, played kickball in the street, and ran away from home for hours to empty lots for “club members only” meetings.

Good or bad, that is not the summer experience of most children now. 

I was used to the feeling of boredom. It wasn’t expected that anyone’s job was to entertain me. Boredom was part of summer like lemonade stands and mosquito bites.

My son hates boredom. I have yet to teach him the value of boredom. I have tried. He will be twelve this weekend so it isn’t necessarily too late, but it gets harder.

Although we homeschool all year long, the summer schedule is more relaxed. Computer programming and math do not start back up until September so myTBP has extra hours in his day. 

I hoped he would embrace this extra time for new interests, added interests. Nope. He is content spending more time at his computer playing video games. Now I understand the idea between unschooling and student led discovery, but how does that work when your 2e is mostly (99.5%) interested in gaming. 

The commercialized idea of a laid back summer is not our reality when we must set timers and turn off internet access. 

So here are my questions to you: How do you encourage your persistent 2e to step away from the computer? Is it worth it to push your child to embrace boredom?

5 thoughts on “Summer Break

  1. My DS10 is also getting sucked into the video game obsession as the years pass. I limit his time and then send him outside, fortunately our neighborhood has similar aged kids that he gets along with and they are used to his quirks and accept him. They play made up games, create things out of cardboard boxes, tape and whatever is laying around…it really helps when everyone is bored together. I would say go outside and explore, provide materials(wood, cardboard, etc) and invite a friend over and make it a no screens playdste and see what happens.

    • Thank you for taking the time to read and comment! I failed to mention that myTBP is currently having issues with bugs/insects and heat sensitivity. This makes time outdoors very undesirable. We will keep at it but outside play is tough right now

  2. I’m in a similar age group as you and your memories jell with mine.
    When my boys are not at camp, they spend a heck of a lot of time on their devices. It’s hard to pull them away. I can’t be the entertainment. If other kids are not around – mostly camp – it’s tough. I try to remember that I sometimes watched a lot of television.

  3. Your dilemma is what we all feel! Glad to see you trying to make the best choices and help your kids discover life is more fun when not “plugged in.” Keep up the good work.

  4. Computer programming for video game development can be a very rewarding career. The kids who excel in life, are usually the ones with an unconventional depth of passion, the ones whose passions drive them to learn and apply at an unconventional rate and depth. This is a strength, if it can be harnessed.

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