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“Mum, I am bored!”

Being bored is an important part of discovering interesting parts of our inner selves.  When we are bored we take time to find ourselves.

 

Every parent will surprisingly admit that they are amazed that their kids are bored, how can they be bored?

What about the abundance of toys and electronics in the house?

What’s the reason behind such a statement?

Most of the time we as parents are so busy in our routines and our minds and there is a gap between us and the children. Sometimes their remarks about boredom are their way of trying to engage us in playtime or simple conversation.

So fight your natural instincts of yelling at them for being ungrateful and simply say ‘This is great!’

Yes, they will be confused about it. It is strange to think boredom is good but it is.

Take a few moments and ask simple questions:

  • Why do you think are you bored?
  • What would you do if you could do anything?
  • Is there something you need to practice and get better at?

 

You can even create a short list of things to do when they are bored! Place the list on the fridge and make sure to include chores and fun things.

Being bored is an important part of discovering interesting parts of our inner selves.  When we are bored we take time to find ourselves.

The constant bombardment of information and entertainment we have restricts us from finding stillness.

We are taught to be on the go, to learn, to do, to say, to stay busy. We see downtime as a sin almost and this is not healthy. When we are bored, we are still in our minds. It feels strange but during these moments we can ‘discover’ creativity.

Real creativity is not the result of taking art classes and being told how to do things. Real innovation and creativity come from within during quiet moments.

Our role as parents is not to constantly keep them busy so they are quiet (Although we all do that). Our role dictates that we have to show them how to handle their emotions. It is quite possibly one of the biggest gifts we can give them.

Boredom falls under the emotions that we need to understand, master and use in order to grow.

So the next time you hear  “I’m bored” just have a short conversation with them. Tell them to take the time to think about what they want to do. Ask them some questions to prompt them in the right direction… and if the whole situation is hopeless you can direct them to the fridge where they can pick a chore to do from the list!

Just remember boredom breeds innovation!

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