ennui – noun
[ahn-wee, ahn-wee; French ahn–nwee]
Summer is officially here yet it came early for all the kids enrolled in public schools. Sadly, summer can a child become satiated with ennui.
The problem lies with too much idle time on their hands and possibly not enough structured time, especially if their parents work. Media toys, indoor gaming systems and the such keep kids from being kids too often and not being able to explore what their minds could come up with on their own.
Before technology became available to every household , kids played outside, came up with their own games and fun. Not that they didn’t get into trouble, but they learned something from the trouble they did get in.
What happened to the ingenuity kids once had? Technology cannot be blamed totally for the lack of it, because parents and caregivers give their kids that technology to use and play with. Therefore, parents cannot quantify technology as the sole cause of ennui their kids feel. Kids just need to know they do have the smarts to go outside of the technology surrounding them and come up with something new.
Kids need to be kids. Technology can take a back burner this summer. No cell phones, no gaming, no computers just good old-fashioned fun, like playing outdoor games, sports, swimming, bike riding, hiking, playing at the playground, board games, reading a book, arts and crafts, etc. Encourage them to use their imaginations even if it becomes messy. As long as they are safe, they are good to go.
The last thing any parent wants is for their kid to become slaves to technology… http://www.zdnet.com/article/your-children-are-slaves-to-their-smartphones/.
Fun, fantastic ideas await here if you want them. For specific ennui busters, check out these websites:
Have fun this summer and kick the summertime blues.