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Why hearing, “I’m bored” can be a great thing!

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Why hearing, “I’m bored” can be a great thing!
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etting your child ‘die of boredom’ is doing them a favour.
 
When my children were young, we had a rule: utter the phrase, “I’m bored” and a chore would be given – something not on the regular chore list but something ‘fun and exciting’, and for the most part, something we could do together.
 
Rational: They needed to do something different and they needed to be with someone fun (me!).
 
Result: I seldom heard the phrase, “I’m bored.” (They then tried the phrase, “There’s nothing to do,” but since I always had something they/we could do, that soon stopped. Surprising as it may seem, my children found neither fun nor exciting).
 
Little did I know, it was good that, 1. They were bored, and 2. They weren’t rescued by an easy distraction, like a computer (I only allowed 30 minutes of TV when they were young and that was the main type of screen time available).
 
Interesting fact: Being bored is better than being stressed or relaxed to encourage creativity.
 
In one study, participants who were assigned to the 'most boring task' group were the participants who were the most creative in part two of the study.
 
Bottom line: boredom is not a bad thing. It forces the mind to come alive. Years ago I was told, someone looking at a blank wall had more brain activity than someone watching TV. That makes sense to me now that I’ve read about the connection between boredom and creativity.
 
Bottom bottom line: letting your child be bored can be good parenting. It is supporting them to be creative, successful people.
 
As a side note, elation also sparks creativity. If you want to produce sustained bouts of elation this summer, hats off to you. Creating boredom was my strength. :-)


Quotes

Boredom always precedes a period of great creativity.
~Robert M. Pirsig
 
When you pay attention to boredom it gets unbelievably interesting.
~Jon Kabat-Zinn
 
Boredom at work has always been seen as something to be eliminated, but perhaps we should be embracing it in order to enhance our creativity. 
~Dr. Sandi Mann, University of Central Lancashire



 Action Ideas 
1. Have a list of less-common chores ready for implementation. If your child chooses doing chores over being bored – wonderful! You have a chance to enjoy your child while getting a chore done. As a bonus, you might have the opportunity to teach your child a new skill.
 
2. If possible, especially for younger children, plan for creativity after boredom. Maybe collect a large box, some medium boxes, markers, construction paper etc and see what they come up with. If they are bored first, not only will the items you’ve collected be more appreciated, they will be used more creatively.
 
3. Allow boredom to occur before planning an activity, like going to a playground. Remember, although they might be bored, you don’t need to hear it. Above I suggested doing unusual chores together, but regular chores done alone also breaks boredom.
 
4. Allowing someone to be bored is a good entrance to life. We do not need to be distracted all of the time. Thinking and learning to be alone are great skills to have.
 
5. It is not your job to ensure that your child is constantly entertained.

6. If your child needs more input (my attempt at a segue from the topic to today's featured product), a pressure vest might help. Our new shipment of pressure vests just arrived yesterday. Old pricing will be in effect until midnight, July 31, 2016. If you are considering buying a pressure vest, now would be an exciting time to buy. There was a noticeable price increase in the fabric since the last time it was purchased. First of two increases on August 1, 2016. Buy now and save money.

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Do you have some favourite summer-time passtimes that spark creativity? Spark creativity AND get housework done? Those I want to hear!

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