I guess I never really noticed but if you think about it, life can be booooring for a child. Waiting in line at doctors offices, running errands, being yanked from one car seat to another and stuffed in uncomfortable shopping carts while aisle after monotonous aisle goes by. Not exactly their idea of a perfect day.
I was made aware of this childhood boredom recently on a shopping excursion with little C. I was looking for summer clothes for myself and you know how that goes. What could have been a quick trip, took over an hour because I kept finding more things to try on and then on the way out of the fitting room I found even more things to try on and so on and so forth.
She was great for about thirty minutes and then she got antsy. I gave her my iPhone to keep her occupied so that I could finish up my task without distraction. I have a bunch of kids games and educational apps that help me to justify throwing electronics at my child in the middle of Kohl’s.
About a week later, I was looking at the photos on my iPhone and came across these. I think you will agree that boredom can have an upside. She definitely found the upside on that terribly boring shopping trip. She made it a happy day even though there wasn’t much at the time to be happy about. If only we could all find this much joy and fun in the mundane!