What “I’m Bored” Really Means
Sep 27, 2016
Teenagers are notorious for calling things “boring,” but when they use that term for school, it’s time to investigate what they really mean. Here are a few common translations:
“I’m not being challenged enough.” Children that quickly master classroom material may be left twiddling their thumbs. If your child needs more of a challenge, speak to the teacher. Also, what excites your teen? Is it writing? Science? Engineering? Try to nurture those interests outside of class.
“I’m totally lost.” We turn off when we don’t understand something. If your child has missed an essential concept, the rest of the lesson will be meaningless. Let them know you believe in them and are here to help. Speak to the teacher, and explore options for support.
“I’m spent.” Exhaustion leads to an inability to concentrate. Have teens turn in their cell phones and gadgets at bedtime. Ease back on activities to give your teen more down time. And make sure physical activity is part of the family routine – everyone sleeps better when they exercise.
“There’s not enough swiping and clicking.” Tech-driven teens who are continually stimulated by technology may have difficulty sitting at a desk to exercise quiet thinking. Be firm with rules regarding technology at home, and aim for balance. Is your child watching too much TV or playing a lot of video games? Set an example. That might mean not bringing the phone to the dinner table or bed, and letting them see you reading a book rather than playing Words With Friends.
“Who can study at a time like this?!” Drama that used to be contained to the school hallways is now carried on 24/7 via social media. Tread lightly, but let your child know you’re there for support. Establish a strong alliance with your teenager, because that’s all you’ve got as they get older.
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