Is your kid whining “I’m bored” on repeat? No parent wants kids to sit around bored for hours, so what’s the right way to handle the situation? Children need to sit in their own boredom for the world to become quite enough that they can hear themselves.
Here’s why boredom is essential for kids:
🌟 Boredom sparks creativity
Boredom gives your child time and reason to be creative and come up with their own ideas. When your child has self-led free time, they get a chance to use their imagination. You may be amazed at what they come up with.
🌟 Boredom fosters an appreciation for excitement
A bit of boredom is like a rainy day in the middle of summer. It’s a downer when it happens, but it makes us really appreciate the sunny days that follow.
🌟 Boredom enhances problem-solving skills
Being forced to come up with their own entertainment may lead to daydreaming, which will ultimately develop your child’s ability to problem solve.
🌟 Boredom can bring you closer together
Try being bored with your child. Put down the phone and ask your child to think of something fun for you to do together.
🌟 Boredom leads to self-discovery
Given unstructured time to think freely — about whatever naturally comes to mind — will help your child learn who they truly are.
Coach Benjamin Mizrahi. Educator. Learning Specialist. Family Coach. Father. Husband.
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