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  • Writer's pictureStephen Williams

Not Able to Work Out? You and Your Kids Can Flex These 3 “Muscles."

1. Boredom

Dr. Andreas Elpidorou, Philosophy Professor at the University of Louisville and author of “The Good of Boredom,” contends that “there is value in boredom when it is experienced occasionally by healthy individuals.” We shouldn’t “strive for” it, but as a yin to a stimulation yang, it can guide us to help us more greatly appreciate that which we do actively enjoy. Ever had something in your eye and thought, “I’ll never take not having something in my eye for granted ever again!” Notice when you’re bored. To everything there is a season. What is the boredom motivating you to do? But proceed with caution, you can “self-medicate” boredom with too much social media or substances. The next time you’re bored, take a moment to appreciate it then take some time to reflect on what you could do that is in line with the kind of person you want to be…reach out to a family member who would love to hear from you? learn a new skill? Take a deep breath…..


2. Creativity

Oh my, the crafts…my wife is making a mobile for our 5-month-old. I saw a lady on Youtube buy one of each lipstick at CVS and melt them down into what she called a Franken-lipstick or something. Necessity breeds invention, so get with your kids and invent a game, a project or maybe even just a fun idea or story. In a classic study by Professors from Tennessee State and UT-Chattanooga, a noun identifying an object was written on a blackboard and students were asked to come up with all the different ways they could use the object; grab something from around the house and get creative!


3. Gratitude

With every negative thought that creeps into our head, with every fear that has yet to and may never manifest in our lives and with every news report…we have the opportunity to be grateful, in this moment, that we’re not dealing with that. And for those of us that are, we can be grateful for those that are there to help us. We can all be grateful for the times in our lives when we weren’t dealing with something so complicated, so all-encompassing. We can be grateful for each breath that we are still able to enjoy and take nothing for granted.

I am confident that in the midst of a little boredom and that with a little creativity, we can make the most of this and any season in our lives. Thanks. ?


This article contains general information and should not be construed as legal advice for you and or your unique situation. If you would like to speak more about how you, as a Committed Parent or Caring Relative, can be more effective in your Child Custody case, please visit to schedule your initial consultation at one of our offices. ~SW, Foxtrot

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