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.
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.
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.