Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The following is an excerpt from Boys Should Be Boys by Meg Meeker that I found interesting. Thanks to Patty for suggesting this book a few weeks ago in my com-box! I'm finding it beneficial.
And one lesson we should all learn is that while mothers want more for their sons, the truth is that sons need less. Boys need fewer toys and fewer clothes. They need more time with their mothers and fathers, less time in structured events, and more time being bored-yes, bored- so that they can use their imagination and creativity and figure out what to do. Young men need less face-to-screen with electronic life and more time face-to-face with people. Less television, video games, clothes, telephone bills, sports events, and preschool hours mean less stress for mothers and more time for boys to figure out who they are and what they want out of life.
As I've been spending more time these days just watching my boy I'm hearing him say 'I'm bored' but I'm seeing him become so creative. Building, following picture directions, imagining and creating beyond what he ever allowed himself to do in the past. It's a lot of fun being a fly on the wall in his little boyhood space and watching the gears turn.