If you are a parent, chances are you get the “I am bored” cry from your child. You want them to be happy and have provided them with toys, best kids tv subscriptions around and they have other electronic devices at their reach. So, why will they be bored you may ask with some mild frustration?
I have often wondered why my kids complain of boredom, and I can hardly remember a time I was bored as a kid. The more I looked into it and try a few things with my kids, the more I begin to see where the problem lies. If you go back decades ago before the arrival of electronic devices we carry in our hands, kids played outside and explored the world around them. They played with other kids in the neighbourhood and developed social skills.
Today, the world is different. It is no longer safe for parents to leave their kids to play with other kids in some neighbourhoods. The option we now provide is tv and other electronic devices as their number babysitter almost from birth. One of the disadvantages of dependency on screens is that our kids cannot create their entertainment. They depend on others to do it for them. These devices do not replace their need to play, explore, learn and make friends. Chances are, you are busy with housework and may not be paying them enough attention as well. A vacuum will be created that leads to the “I’m bored” syndrome.
Remember, it is not always a bad thing for kids to be bored. Even adults get bored sometimes with their work, but they still get on with it. So, teach your child how to cope with boredom, so when they meet more challenging situations in life, they can deal with them. Try the following:
Invest in craft, fun educational subscriptions. So kids can follow a structured step by step activities whether indoor, outdoor or both that can stimulate their interest in science, technology, arts, engineering and math.
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