It is inevitable. The two words no parent wants to hear. Some kids say it every day and others, hardly ever. What are they? “I’m bored!” As a parent, there are different ways to approach this.
One widely held belief is that boredom is good for kids. It is during periods of boredom that children are stretched into being resourceful and creating their own fun. For some it could be exploring in the backyard with their own makeshift tools crafted from rocks, grass, and sticks. For others it could be an opportunity to discover a hidden talent in the form of art, music, sports, etc. Allowing your child to be bored can be seen as giving them permission to find what they are individually gifted for.
Another way of handling boredom is to offer your preschooler “jobs” to do. Preschoolers naturally want to be big and do big things, so giving them jobs to do helps them feel like they are contributing. Keep in mind that all jobs need to be inspected, so you can make the jobs as easy or hard as you would like. On the other hand, if the jobs are unpleasant to your child, he might not complain of being bored again too soon!
Creating a “Bored Jar” is another idea to banish boredom. Put a different activity on each slip of paper in the jar. Your toddler can draw a piece of paper and do that activity when he claims to be bored. Maybe it is doing puzzles, playing with chalk, blowing bubbles, a scavenger hunt, watching a video that encourages exercise or movement, etc. It could also be an odd job around the house. You know your child best, so use your imagination!
Finally, there are many ways you can go about trying to bust boredom, but sometimes just a few minutes with you is all your child really needs!
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