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03:52 pm: Flipped Out Like A Ninja!

So, I was actually writing this morning and son number three came to say that he was bored. I said, "Why don't you play with some of your toys."

And he made the mistake of saying, "I don't have any toys."

Folks, I'd like to say I kept my temper, but… while I did not actually flip out like a ninja, I did rather lose my temper.

So I carried through on my threat. I put all the toys in a HUGE pile in the center of the basement and made the boys sort them–putting them into bags, bins, and give away.

Juss freaked. He was practically white with fear. But….

They did it. The toys have been sorted. They now have piles of particular kinds of toys they can play with for the rest of the summer (legos, bacugan and pokemone, bey blades, imaginex, K'nex, etc.)

A job well done…just wish it hadn't happened in the middle of a writing day.


PS. When the story of "I have no toys" was repeated to Uncle Bill, Juss opined, "I was proven wrong."





Originally posted to Welcome to Arhyalon. (link)


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Date:July 6th, 2012 01:09 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed reading this. I've never been one to "entertain" our children, and I don't suffer claims of boredom. Whenever our son was "bored," I cured it with some unpleasant work. It took him a while to figure out that it was much better for him to find something to do than to count on me!

I'll never forget the afternoon I had sat down to pay some bills, and our daughter walked into the room. She was younger than her brother and hadn't figured things out yet. She plaintively approached me with a "Mama, I'm bored." I didn't even have time to turn around and address her, when her brother excitedly exclaimed, "NO! No, she's not, Mom. She isn't bored, Mom." He took her by the hand and pulled her outdoors, and I'm sure he explained the way things worked to her! I was sitting there with the biggest smile on my face, and it still amuses me to this day. She was never bored after that day!
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Date:July 6th, 2012 02:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, that is funny. I laughted so loud that Orville came in from another room and made me read it to him.

I have always thought that bordom was something I would not allow myself to feel...that an intelligent person can find a way not to be bored. I haven't gotten this across to my children yet. ("Moder, nothing to do!" is one of my daughter's current sayings. Though I was amused when she talked to Ling Shan after she returned to China and found that she also had "nothing to do" over there. Proving bordom not an American thing...but to a girl who grew up surrounded by dozens of other children all the time, our life is a bit dull.)

I love you idea, though. It is like the 'if you complain about your food, you get more.' idea we just adopted from a friend. It's been working, too."

Thank you so much for sharing that!
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