Who likes to be bored? I certainly don't, but some are making a case for it, and it makes perfect sense. We are in Minnesota this week visiting Kellan's grandparents and my mother-in-law directed me to this article in the Wall Street Journal. In it, cartoonist Scott Adams says great creativity can come from being bored and mentions the cures for boredom that helped keep him busy in his childhood.
The word "bored" isn't in Kellan's vocabulary yet since kids his age seem to find ways to entertain themselves with nothing more than a straw or a patch of dirt. He gets excited about things adults may find mundane, like going to the car wash or watering plants. It's actually inspiring to me that little kids can see the potential for fun in almost anything.
This will definitely change as he gets older and the article reminded me that maybe letting kids be bored is a good way to encourage introspection and spark creativity. Maybe I need to find time to be bored!