With summer right around the corner, many parents are busy signing their kids up for activities so that they won’t be bored when school is out. Jonas Harrysson, an employee at Thoren Framtid Ronneby, a school in Sweden, said that the parents who want to keep their kids occupied are making a big mistake.
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In a viral post on Facebook he said that kids need to be bored. He said that keeping kids distracted spoils them and is akin to catering to their every whim. Harrysson, who said he has worked with kids for nearly 16 years, also said that parents are making a mistake when they forego playtime and social interaction by forcing their children to be high achievers.

He wrote,  “I’ve met many parents who are soooo proud that their kids can read and count before starting preschool. Well, I hate to break it to you, but reading and counting, they’ll learn soon enough. Teach them instead to play, to be a good friend, and to share.”

Harrysson also said, that in his experience, modern children are more rude and ungrateful. He said parents should revisit teaching their children manners.

Commenters on Facebook overwhelmingly agreed with Harrysson’s insights.

Lisa Krause a mom from Minnesota wrote, “Thanks for speaking up. Overindulgence has become the New Normal. It is done by good hearted and loving parents, but we need to wrap those good hearts with enough strength to let our kids be board, to teach them to be kind, to teach them to do chores and follow rules.”

Harrysson's Facebook post has been translated by Arati Hirani Chowdhury

I have worked with kids for almost 16 years and there are a few things that I’ve noticed children are becoming worse and worse at.

No.1. Children find it very difficult to be bored! There constantly needs to be something going on.
Please stop spoiling and servicing your children. It’s not dangerous for them to be bored sometimes.

No 2. I’ve met many parents who are soooo proud that their kids can read and count before starting preschool.
Well, I hate to break it to you, but reading and counting, they’ll learn soon enough. Teach them instead to play, to be a good friend, and to share.

My third point is that many children find it difficult to show gratitude to both other kids and adults. Can they get an “extra” one is unfortunately often a first question.
“We only get one!?” is a common complaint I hear.
What happened to PLEASE!? And thanks for dinner, and thanks for the ride, and so on?

I have no children yet, but if I do sometime in the future I will teach them to play, to be a good friend, to show gratitude and to be bored from time to time. When they learn those things, then will I teach them to read and count :)


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