“Mom, I’m boooooored!” is a common cry to hear from your child. Depending on the day, it can make you want to pull your hair out in frustration! After all, you’ve spent the day cooking and cleaning up after your kids. Is it too much to ask for a bit of peace? Are you being a bad parent if you sometimes leave them to figure out how to entertain themselves?
Studies say that it’s actually a positive experience for your kids to have unstructured time. The process of overcoming boredom has many life lessons for your little ones. This https://www.verywellfamily.com/teach-children-to-entertain-themselves-4058047 blog post from Very Well Family outlines the reasons why being bored leads to your child’s personal growth. We’ve summarized a few of their talking points for you below:
- Kids need to learn that their feelings of boredom won’t kill them. (It just might kill you to listen while they mope about it, right, Mom?)
- When kids beat boredom on their own, it leads to self-discovery. When your child learns how to choose their own activities to fill unstructured time, they learn about themselves.
- Kids who learn how to overcome boredom on their own engage in less risky behaviors as a teen. When your child is given the space they need to discover their own interests, this follows them through their life. Children who are taught to entertain themselves are less likely to seek out alcohol, substance abuse and other risky behaviors for adolescent entertainment.
What Does It Mean When They Say They’re Bored?
When your child screams out that they are bored, they may simply be crying for attention. If you have a moment, let your child join you in whatever you are doing. Let them stand at a safe distance and watch you cook dinner. If they’re old enough, let them help out in small ways such as pouring sauce onto a dish, or holding the dustpan as you sweep the floors. Letting your child be a small part of your day-to-day routines teaches them life skills. It also gives them the parental attention they crave.