Those of us who are parents of teenager all know how it is when your teenager starts complaining about being bored. Sometimes it seems like the generation that has more to do than anyone ever before — learn something on the internet, chat with friends, take pictures and post them on Instagram, watch a movie on Netflix, play the Xbox, go for a run and be able to calculate their heart rates with apps and Fitbits, etc. etc. — are the generation that has the biggest problem with being bored.
Is this because they are inundated with technology? Is this because there are too many things to watch on Netflix? Is this because there are too many pictures on their Instagram feeds?
The next time your teenager is complaining, saying that she is bored. Here is a list of things that she can do.
- Read a book.
- Write a story.
- Put together a puzzle.
- Play a board game.
- Go for a walk.
- Have a picnic.
- Go bowling.
- Play mini-golf.
- Make dinner.
- Learn a new language.
- Learn to play an instrument.
- Volunteer to help an organization.
- Gather up old clothing and canned goods to give to a charity.
- Build a model train/airplane/car.
- Go rock climbing.
- Go for a swim.
- Take a dance class.
- Learn how to cook something new or learn a new dance on YouTube.
- Start doing yoga.
- Research colleges she may be interested in.
- Practice driving.
- Learn how to sew.
- Learn how to crochet.
- Color in an adult coloring book.
- Paint something.
- Craft something they find on Pinterest.
- Repurpose an old outfit or pair of shoes.
The list goes on. There are literally countless things that your teenager can do. In the world today with all of the options for entertainment that the internet brings, there is never a reason for anyone to be bored. The sooner we can teach our kids this, the better. Then they will learn how to entertain themselves as adults, how to live more well-rounded and balanced lives, and avoid boredom in the future.
There are always things to learn. There are always ways to grow and improve. It’s so important to teach these important principles to our teenagers as soon as we can.