“If parents spend all their time filling up their child’s spare time, then the child’s never going to learn to do this for themselves.”
In 1993, psychoanalyst Adam Phillips wrote that the “capacity to be bored can be a developmental achievement for the child.” Boredom is a chance to contemplate life, rather than rushing through it, he said
“It is one of the most oppressive demands of adults that the child should be interested, rather than take time to find what interests him. Boredom is integral to the process of taking one’s time,” added Phillips.
Fry suggests that at the the start of the summer, parents sit down with their kids—at least those above the age of four—and collectively write down a list of everything their children might enjoy doing during their break.
Then, if your child comes to you throughout the summer complaining of boredom, tell them to go and look at the list.
I think children need to learn how to be bored in order to motivate themselves to get things done. Being bored is a way to make children self-reliant.”
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