Sunday, March 07, 2010

A Quick Study in Human Behavior

Scene: It's after dinner. I am at my computer, feeling sorry for myself because I have a head in my ribs and tiny feet dancing on my bladder and keep asking Mr. Amazing Man, "When will this ever end????"

Captain Knuckle wanders in, hands in pockets, slouching like only a teenaged boy who is bored on Sunday evening can be.

Me: Hey, son. How are you?
Son: Good. Sort of. (Which interpreted means: I won't let him play Medal of Honor on the Wii right now so he is moping around hoping I will change my mind.)
Me: Oh. Are you bored?
Son: Yes. Wait - NO! I am definitely not bored.

See, he has learned that when he tells me he is bored, I have a list of about 10 things he can do to get "un-bored" in a hurry. This list includes things like doing laundry, cleaning the litter box, scrubbing walls, etc., etc. I think you get the idea.

He is such a smart boy. It only took him 13 1/2 years to figure out to never tell Mom that he is bored. I can always find more productive ways to spend his time if he isn't careful.

Like emptying the dishwasher.


M. L. said...

Ha! My neighbor (who has no TV on purpose) tells her kids that being bored is part of life and to deal with it! I like that. I also like your list of chores idea!

sostinkinhappy said...

LOL - I grew up for the most part without a TV (on purpose) and I learned the "Well, if you are bored I have something for you to do" trick from my mom.

I hated it when I was a teenager, but now that I have a teenager, my mother looks positively brilliant.