EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

August 11, 2013

Stop summer boredom in a snap

Family Matters
Dr. Larry Larsen

---- — Dear Doctor,

I just read your response to the mother whose 10-year-old twins were “bored” during their summers. When my children were young, and professed their boredom, I responded with, “Go clean your room.” They soon found something to do. It worked every time.

I have never written to a newspaper like this before.

Experienced

Dear Experienced,

Thanks for the email. You have set me to thinking about responses to children who they’re bored. We might call these suggestions “dead-ends for boredom.”

Here are some that crossed my mind. I am sure readers have many others. Share them if you like.

“I am sad for you. Great opportunity for cleaning the garage.”

“Oh, too bad, I know how that feels. The cellar is a mess, and you have just won the right to clean it!”

“Tell you what. I need to clean the gutters, and you can help me.”

“Sure enough? Well, I just discovered the math sheets Miss Torment sent home to do over the summer. That should help.”

“We are having the family over for a cookout. You are a great chef’s helper and can peel the potatoes.”

If these sound a bit nasty, they probably are. We parents are called upon to be a devious lot!

Let’s vanquish summer boredom.

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Dr. Larry Larsen is an Andover psychologist. If you would like to ask a question, or respond to one, you can email Dr. Larry Larsen at lrryllrsn@CS.com.