Monkey bars worked their bodies, reading worked their minds, but there was something else, something both physical and mental, that happened when they worked their fingers. Imagination. Socialization. Freedom.
— ‘Every City Should Have a Toy Library’ in The Atlantic
Boredom, daydreaming, a good book, building in three dimensions, interactivity with other humans–these are precious skills, skills that are being denied kids that are simply given a plate of chicken fingers and a tablet instead.
—Seth Godin, in ‘The digital divide is being flipped’
I’ve long been a great believer in the value of boredom. My most creative, even productive years were when I was bored. Even today, more often than not, solutions and creativity come to me when I let myself be bored.
TV, social media, games and news are the enemy of boredom. I’ve removed 3 of them from my life in last few years, and my productivity has rocketed. When I leave this house, the fourth will go as well.
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I hate my mum’s phone and I wish she never had one. That is a invention that I don’t like.
A second grade student, Reported by BBC News
Me too, kid. It’s a sad comment on our generation, and our mass addiction.
Teachers report that some British children began teasing eastern Europeans about Brexit in the playground.
The Economist: A northern English town offers a glimpse of life when migrants leave
Mom’s Q: What should you do when you feel lonely?
6yo’s A: Hug your mommy or your daddy if they are there. If only mommy is there, then you hug her. Then roll around the bed.
Mom’s Q: What if no one is there?
6yo’s A: Be sad and start crying?
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Also, she’s clearly a daddy’s girl 🙂
Mom’s Q: Why are some people in the world sad?
6yo’s A: Because their daddy is away.
Mom’s Q: Why are some people in the world happy?
6yo’s A: Because their daddy has come back.
Oh, and this was my little helper. And by helper, I mean she smiled and giggled at all the old ladies and got us free stuff and bits of extras.
See, it’s handy to have a helper hanging around.
5 Random Things I Did This Weekend, December 28, 2016 at 05:42PM
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