You read the title right. I am a firm believer in boredom. Why? Because without boredom, we cannot get into our own thoughts. Children are bombarded with activities in more recent years and added to that is the constant availability to technology. And while activities and tech can be great, and even helpful for the development of children, it is not the only thing. It cannot be the only thing.
When our boys say they are bored (yes, they do, even with everything at their disposal) and the weather is nice, we encourage them to get outside and explore. We have been lucky enough to have a cottage to go to, where we know it is safe for them to venture out and enjoy nature. My three boys follow streams, listen to birds, stomp on mounds of snow and ice, gather sticks and rocks…it is simple and incredibly important all at the same time. They come back to us with stories, collections, and most importantly, ideas. Their best ideas have come from being bored, and letting them figure it out.
I recently wrote a post about the benefits of boredom for children on Momresource.ca, and I would love you to read it. The piece is called Kids Need To Learn How To Be Bored (click on the title to read the piece). After you read the post, let me know: Do you feel the same? Is boredom something you make sure to have in your life and the lives of your children? If you haven’t, will now after reading this post?