Boredom and kids, that dreaded rainy afternoon when everybody gets restless and there is nowhere to go. Cabin fever sets in and the TV or iPad becomes a very tempting afternoon entertainment option (for everyone), even though it goes against that ‘screentime’ rule you and your partner agreed upon.
What is boredom? Can it have actual benefits? Boredom in kids refers to a feeling of restlessness, disinterest or lack of stimulation. Children usually experience this when they have nothing to do, or when they are engaged in an uninteresting or repetitive activity they do not want to do. As a result, boredom can lead to frustration and irritability, translating into the dreaded undesirable behaviors such as whining, clinginess and tantrums. Part of growing up of course, but can make it a very long and stressful day for parents!
But did you know boredom can have some benefits too? A natural part of childhood, five ways it can benefit kids are:
But in the meantime, kids must learn how to deal with boredom. And although perhaps in the moment a rainy day does not seem like an opportunity, it really is! So how can you embrace the challenge and manage boredom in kids? Here are three key tips for helping them stay engaged:
Remember, its ok for kids to be bored sometimes. Although it can be annoying, it can also promotes great life skills such as creativity, self-awareness, problem solving and resilience.
How do you keep your kids entertained on a bored day?
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