Acknowledge it and leave them be!
Kids are bored because most of their time is planned, pre-decided and structured which disengages them. Now that they have the free time, they don’t know what to with it.
To guide them a little, encourage them to fill up their time on their own. This also means parents shouldn’t suggest or plan potential activities for them to do.
Boredom isn’t a bad thing and it doesn’t mean you’re a bad parent if the kids get bored. Boredom can be the catalyst for great ideas because that’s when most of us start daydreaming. Thinking in a stress-free environment leads to creative ideas, solutions and even sometimes wander over to self-reflection.
Even Elon Musk agrees that creative ideas only come from time to think! Richard Branson also shared the same opinion.
I definitely don’t do this 5 minute thing. Need to have long uninterrupted times to think. Can’t be creative otherwise.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 22, 2018
Even when he was a kid, he spent a lot of time zoning out and ignoring people because he was deep in his thoughts. His mother Maye got worried and even took him to a doctor to test to see if he was deaf. She eventually got used to his habit.
“He goes into his brain and then you just see he is in another world. He still does that. Now I just leave him be because I know he is designing a new rocket or something.” -Maye Musk
So, the next time your child announces that they are bored, smile sweetly and say “Ok, so enjoy your free time and think of something to do that doesn’t bore you.”
However, parents also need to figure out whether the child saying “I’m bored” is code for wanting to spend time with their parents.
Now, you know what to do the next time they keep saying “I’m bored! There’s nothing to do!”
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