Over the past few weeks, all I have seen on television are articles and interviews on all the things that parents can do to keep their kids from saying those infamous words we as moms hate — “I’m Bored!”. When I watch those interviews, I cannot help but feel like parents are running themselves ragged to try and keep their kids entertained.
I do not agree with that at all — and here is WHY!
Why Being Bored is Important For Your Kids
As parents, when we constantly cater to our kids and keep them entertained or find things for them to do — we hinder them in being able to cope and spend time by themselves.
When my kids were little, if they EVER mentioned how bored they were — there was only one solution. That solution involved cleaning around the house. In fact, our exact words to Robert, Kayla, and their friends would be this —
“If you are too bored to find something to do, then you have way too much time on your hand and you can come and help me or your dad with housework.”
After a few times of helping to cut grass, or clean out the garage, or to trim bushes — they got the hint. It was THEIR responsibility to find something to do that would entertain them when they felt bored.
This is how my kids discovered their love of —
- drawing and painting
- creating sculptures with Playdoh and Legos
- Watching movies
- Reading books
- writing in a journal
- Writing a letter to someone in the family
- Just relaxing and enjoying a rest
Today, this world has taught our kids that they have to be busy all the time. It has been engrained in our heads as parents that if they are not that busy, they will definitely get into trouble.
Hear me when I say — THIS IS NOT THE CASE.
Your child will turn out just fine if they are not constantly busy. Your child will learn to be imaginative without an adult spurring on that creativity. Your child will learn how to cope with being by themselves. Your child will learn what it means to do something other than being busy.
And — when your child is older, he or she will understand the verse “Be still and know that I am God” ~ Psalm 46:10.
What about you? Do you spend too much time trying to find things for your kids to do so that they are not bored? Take the time now to let your child have some downtime so that they can learn to be creative on their own.