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Jovell, a mother of 3, a full-time housewife and also a full-time freelance writer and virtual assistant. She has worked as a freelancer for 2 years and has never looked back. She is also the blogger behind Pinoy Small Business, formerly Fudgy and Nutty, a site dedicated to providing small business ideas, tips and resources to upcoming Filipino entrepreneurs and has recently put up her new site A Woman’s Story, a blog about women and the roles they play.
BORING! A Teenager’s Daily Word
When my 15 year old daughter is not allowed to use the computer, access the internet, watch TV or she can’t find a show she likes then this is what I usually hear from her.
Sometimes, even when we go to mall and go window shopping, if we don’t buy anything, especially for her, then I hear that word again…
I sometimes think she doesn’t have any other word in her vocabulary but the word…BORING!
And because she constantly says that, her younger brother and sister (10 and 7) would imitate her when they can’t find things to do which interests them….Just like a few nights ago, we had a black out at around 7 PM, my youngest daughter suddenly shouted, it’s soooo boring, I don’t have anything to do!
There’s that word again!
Is it just me and my husband who doesn’t feel bored even when we’re not watching television or using the computer…and just doing household chores? Or are we just really old?
…I DO hope not 🙁
When I look back into my teenage years before, I can really see how different the generation of teenagers today are from the past generations. They are just so immersed in gadgets, media and other technologies that when they don’t get to hold these high-tech instruments, they easily get bored.
I’m not against modernization but as a parent, I believe that children, even teenagers should find time for other valuable interests such as reading books and playing outside.
Because of this, my husband and I usually find time to bring the children to the nearest parks and playgrounds. And yes, we still bring our teenage daughter with us whether she likes it or not 😀
It’s still the best bonding moment for me. The kids get to play not only with each other but with us, their parents as well. I think my teenager also likes going to playgrounds with us, though she doesn’t say it, because during snack time…she gets to eat a lot of ice cream and chips.
So whenever I hear my daughter say she’s bored again, I feel like pulling her up and bringing her outside…to play, to jump, to run!
But what I do hope is for her to feel content with simple activities like reading, helping inside the house or chatting with her siblings.
I think I’ll pass by the bookstore tomorrow to buy her a new book to read. Maybe that’ll lessen the times she says THAT word again…
What else do you think I can do so my teenager doesn’t constantly say the word BORING? Do let me know in the comments below.
having a 16 year old and a 14 year old, last summer I heard that word in sorround sound girl! my girls read a lot, so that helps. i make sure they head to the library once a week and stock up. but it doesn’t keep them busy enough! they’re going to start their own blogs this summer, so hopefully that will keep them good and busy. i also signed them up for some local free art classes offered by the nearby schools. and i drag them out with me everyday on my 1 hour walk. we chat about school, friends, boys and i get a peak into what’s in their heads and they get to talk about subjects they don’t find boring!
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Great idea Vanita! Way to keep them busy and I want to check out their blog when they’re up and running be sure to share!!
Now that’s an idea…I think I’ll tell my daughter if she likes to put up her own blog too since she likes writing in her diary. Thank you for sharing 🙂
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