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Let Your Child Get Bored: The Benefits of Being Unoccupied

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It’s no secret that children these days are over-scheduled and over-stimulated. Between badminton practice, music lessons, and playdates, it can be hard for kids to find time to just be bored. But believe it or not, boredom can actually have some benefits! In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of being unoccupied and provide some tips for helping your child find moments of boredom in their day.

One of the benefits of boredom is that it can help children to be more creative. When faced with a blank canvas, children are often come up with their own ideas and ways to entertain themselves. This can lead to all sorts of new and innovative play, as well as increased problem-solving skills.

Another benefit of boredom is that it can teach children patience and how to cope with frustration. When kids are used to being constantly entertained, they may become impatient when they have to wait or when things don’t go their way. But if they’re used to periods of unstructured time, they will be better equipped to deal with frustration and setbacks.


Tell children to spend this time as an opportunity and a quality me-time because boredom has been shown to have few more benefits for children. For example, boredom can:


Encourage creativity and imagination as children come up with ways to entertain themselves



Help kids develop a stronger sense of self-awareness as they spend time alone with their thoughts



Teach patience and how to cope with difficult emotions like frustration



Foster independence as children learn how to entertain themselves without external stimulation



Give kids the opportunity to daydream and reflect on their lives which can lead to greater happiness



Allow for uninterrupted play which can boost problem solving skills, motor development, and social skills



So next time your child complains of being bored, take it as a good sign! Their brain is growing and they are learning how to be independent and resourceful. Of course, it’s important to provide guidance and support when needed, but sometimes the best thing you can do is let them be bored.

Do you remember being bored as a child? What did you do to entertain yourself? Let me know in the comments below! And if you have any tips on how to deal with boredom in children, please share! I would love to hear from you!

So next time your child complains of being bored, don’t reach for the TV remote or the iPad. Instead, let them be! They may just surprise you with their creativity and resourcefulness. And who knows, they might even enjoy it!

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