Boredom is one of the most important items on the Essential 100! Why? Because the time children spend being bored is when the magic happens.
Boredom is one of the most important items on the Essential 100! Why? Because the time children spend being bored is when the magic happens.The lack of stimulation and feelings of discontentment that come with being bored are what drives a child to find something to do. Being bored begets independence and creative thinking, problem solving, motivation and resilience - all important life skills. And yet as parents we tend to fear boredom, lining up activities and putting them in front of screens that don’t let their minds wander. Keeping children ‘amused’ may actually do them more harm than good!
Of course, you don’t want children to only be bored. Like all activities, it’s a good idea to schedule boredom. Build time into the day when you don’t have a planned activity. Make sure there are plenty of pencils and paper, books and interesting things to play with. If the sun is shining, insist they go outside and don’t come back in for a while. Help them out by providing props, but never tell them what to do. You yourself will need resilience, to battle through the cries of ‘I’m bored!’ But hang in there and you’ll reap the rewards.