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?