We are a few weeks into the school summer holidays where I live and so many of the shops that I drove past when visiting family last week were offering ways to alleviate boredom.
This really saddened me, in a day and age when we have a highly structured school system, when children may be in organised activities before and after school as their parents are out at work, holidays should be about freedom from structure. It is also indicitative of children's lives being so structured and organised for them that they are no longer able or wanting to engage in free play.
Our perceived danger out on the streets, cars aside, means that they no longer play freely outside. So liked caged animals in a zoo they are stuck inside unsure of what to do with all the 'free' hours.
Perhaps the boredom busting activities on offer are better than being glued to a screen but what happened to children busting their own boredom? If a child says I am bored aren't they are really saying tell me what to do?
Are we in danger of creating a society of unthinkers who are not able to do anything unless it has been suggested, created or managed by someone else or am I just being dramatic?
There is nothing wrong with being bored. In my opinion it leads to creativity if you just give it a chance.