If you want to build a soap
box derby car, I hope your dad will help you with it rather than doing all the work
himself. That same wish applies to the school projects to make something to share at
school. Parents should never forget that there is very little real accomplishment
for a child who displays a project he or she had little to do with making. Better to
have a few things 'less than perfect' and know that "I did that...with some help from
Mom or Dad".
If you want to play sports in little league (baseball,
soccer, pee-wee football, etal) I hope you will have a coach that is more interested in
letting every kid have some time on the field than he/she is in winning the game.
And I pray that your parent will find any and every way possible to be upbeat and positive
about your contributions to the team and keep most of his/her advice on how you could play
better to himself. And, if you have a parent that ever yells at you or
screams criticism at you from the sidelines or in the car after you leave the field, may
that parent break a leg and be confined to bed so that he/she cannot attend your games for
the whole season.
I hope you have parents that realize that "being
bored" isn't reason enough to rush you to the Mall or a movie or to fill your life
with endless 'play dates' and planned activities. Some of the most fun a kid can
have is finding his/her own entertainment to keep from being bored. A good Imagination
is one of the very best gifts that any parent can give a child.
Learn to limit the amount of time you spend watching
television or playing video or electronic games. These are passive forms of
entertainment that will keep you from spending time with family, friends, playing out of
doors as well as keeping you "in the dark" about the real, very interesting
world around you.
I want you to read for enjoyment. Once learned, it can
fill you with a skill that can teach, enrich and entertain. Nearly everything that
you might want to find out about, you can learn from books or from reading information
found on the internet. It's also a sure-fire antidote for boredom.
Once in a while, try something that you always thought
you hated. Like spinach soup, listening to classical music on the radio
instead of rap, visiting a nursing home and talking with a lonely elderly person or
writing a poem. As people mature, their tastes and interests change, but if
you never give new experiences a chance, you may miss out on finding your next best thing.