You might find it incredible that your child could be bored, considering the amount of activities and electronic devices that they have available. On the other hand, it may be that abundance itself that is causing their discontent.
That’s because many children today *mine included* are used to being passively entertained and having their days scheduled for them. With so much screen time, online French and math lessons, they have little experience with figuring out how to engage themselves when they do have a little free time.
As a parent, you might be tempted to try to fix things for them, but that can backfire because they won’t learn how to manage their time themselves. Instead, try these tips for what to do when your child says they’re bored.
Give Your Child More Attention:
Sometimes complaints about boredom are actually a sign that your child needs more of your attention. If you’ve been distracted by other responsibilities, use this as your time to reconnect.
Try these strategies to give your child more attention, even when you’re busy:
Help Your Child Entertain Themselves:
Most of the time, a child who is bored just needs to learn to act independently. While their development will depend on their own efforts, you can provide loving guidance and support.
Try these ideas:
Unstructured time is your child’s opportunity to engage their creativity and learn important time management and organizational skills. If you can empathize with their boredom and point them in a positive direction, you’ll be helping them to grow up to be a happy and productive adult.