“I’m bored. There’s nothing to do.”
Don’t you just hate those words?
They mean you have to come up with something for your kids to do – and you’re already busy and frazzled!
Generally, boredom is considered to be caused by not enough activity.
We’ve heard the saying, “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop”, and that’s true. We should be keeping our kids occupied with useful things.
It’s not good for your kids to be so busy that they never have opportunity to feel bored.
Most kids today are over-scheduled and over-stimulated. They could do with a bit of free time to get bored.
On the other hand, boredom may also be a reaction to too much stimulation such as TV, too many visitors and outings, or too much excitement.
This may temporarily dull your kids’ creativity or cause them to become dissatisfied with simple pleasures.
And then comes the inevitable, “I’m bored”. (And your heart sinks…)
Is it too quiet with not enough activity? Is there too much excitement? Make adjustments and get your lives balanced.
If your kids have had too much excitement then a few days or more of quiet routine will help them calm down and get in touch with their creativity again.
Write different activities, crafts, games or chores on pieces of paper and pop them in a jar. Allow your child to choose 3 papers from the jar and then let them choose an activity from those 3.
Here are some ideas:
Sometimes leave your kids to find something to do themselves. If you always solve their boredom problem your kids will not learn to create their own fun. If you allow them to come up with their own ideas it gives them opportunity to look inside themselves and think about their own interests and things they enjoy.
When a child says they’re bored, they may be looking for parental engagement. They may just need a few minutes of attention. Give a cuddle. Read a short story. Look them in the eye and have a quick chat.
Is boredom always bad?
Most definitely not!
Next time your kids say they’re bored, don’t freak out! You’re armed with ideas now.
What do you do when your kids say they’re bored?