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Why Boredom is Sometimes Good for Kids

As a parent, one of the things I feared was when my kids get bored. So, I had toys, educational cartoons and nursery rhymes ready on standby for the minute my kids start to complain about boredom.

I thought that I if I kept my kids entertained and far away from the clutches of boredom, it would be for their own good. That was until I learned that boredom was actually good for my kids.

You may find it hard to believe. I know I had a hard time believing it too. But after experimenting it on my kids, I saw that my kids were more capable than I thought at handling boredom and using it for good.

 

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Here are some reasons why boredom is sometimes good for your kids.

 

Boredom boosts creativity

As adults we know that creativity is something that is highly appreciated while building a career. So why not start helping our kids develop that skill right now?

Studies have shown that people get creative when they are bored. Boredom helps kids get to exercise their ability to imagine. This helps to spark their creativity and develop the skill to be creative which is what they will need when they grow to be adults.

Kids have powerful imaginations and boredom gives them that space to exercise their muscle to imagine.

 

Boredom helps kids shape their world views

Sometimes kids give the most profound insights. And when asked where they got those ideas from, they say they came up with it themselves or deduced it from what they observed.

I remember a kid running to tell his mother that seeking happiness is what makes life worthwhile. I found this shocking because that piece of insight is something you would never expect a child to come up with.

Boredom gets kids thinking. That period when boredom strikes could be the best time for your kids to come up with thoughts and ideas that will help shape their world views. Sometimes having that reflective moment helps kids process what they learn and produce ideas that will help them when they grow up.

 

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Boredom helps kids to start taking responsibility over their life

This may seem like a big one, but boredom could be just the thing your child needs to start taking control over their life. Let’s face it: You won’t always be around to entertain your kids. When you allow them to get bored, they’ll find ways to entertain themselves.

They also start to learn that they need to be there for themselves and motivate themselves. Hovering around your kids trying your best to entertain them when they’re bored only teaches them that they’re the centre of the world. This could turn your kids into being selfish and even narcissistic several years down the line. This, however, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t play with your kids. What I mean is that you should also give your kids the chance to figure a way around boredom by themselves.

Allowing them to handle problems like boredom on their own, teaches them that they have what it takes to change a negative situation around for the better. And nothing teaches that better than kids experiencing it themselves.

 

 

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Play-Doh Fun with the Kiddies

Half term is over and the kiddies went back to school yesterday. It was a very busy half term week with us making the most of the lovely sunshine. We spent plenty of time outdoors with the twins riding their bikes and scooters. We also visited a soft play centre and our local playground. The kids enjoy being outside, especially my son. He could spend the whole day outside if I let him. My daughter on the other hand loves the outdoors but would be happy to stay indoors all day if I wanted too.

I enjoyed the time outdoors myself and I am seriously missing them now that they have resumed school. Always good to make the most of the holidays when they come. Are you in the UK? How was your half term week?

 

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The kiddies also spent time playing with their new Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Set. They enjoyed making donuts and all sorts of Play-Doh food. It was fun to watch them in their element, it never gets old.

 

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They made a proper mess of the floor but it was worth it. They played with the set for almost 2 hours. I was amazed at how much attention and determination they put into creating Play-Doh creations. Normally, they play with a new toy for a few minutes (an hour tops if it is a great toy) for the first time, before tossing it away for something else, but this was different. I am not too surprised because I know how much they love playing with Play-Doh, but I think their love for the brand has increased since they started primary school.

They play with Play-Doh a lot at school as it helps with the pencil grip. My 5-year-old son previously had issues with that like many boys his age do, but he has now improved massively. His handwriting is also a lot better now which is amazing.

 

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Are your kids fans of Play-Doh? Have they tried the Kitchen Creations Set?

Types of parents you will meet at the soft play centre and playground

The half term week is almost over and we have had a lovely time. It has been a week of relaxation, fun and games, and I think the kiddies are now ready for the other half of the term. I am not a huge of soft play centres. They are usually overcrowded and just too much. But the kiddies love them, so we go as often as we can. This half term, we have been to a soft play centre and our local playground a couple of times. I feel the same way about playgrounds but I prefer them a bit more than the soft play spots. I have encountered all sorts of parents at soft play centres and playgrounds.

 

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Here are a few of the types of parents I have come across –

 

The working from anywhere parent

I see these parents with their laptops and phones, working like their life depends on it, with a cup of coffee. It amazes me how they get any work done with all the noise and chaos going on. I don’t see myself ever bringing a laptop to get some work done at soft play. It just won’t up, I won’t get any work done. The most I do is send emails on my iPhone when I have a moment. Anything more than that will have to wait until I get home.  I wonder how these people do what they do.

 

Parents that completely ignore their kids

This is the most common type of parent I find at the soft play and playground and it annoys me so much. Many of the parents I come across are too busy  chatting away to pay attention to their kids. Their kids are completely ignored by their parents and this can be frustrating for other parents and kids.

 

The Regulars/Cliques

These are the mummies and daddies (but usually mummies) that come in groups. You will likely spot a group every time you go to one. They take up all the available chairs and tables, and make their presence known with the loud voices and laughter.

 

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The attentive parent

I fall in this category without a doubt. The thought of my kids hurting themselves or others makes me watch them from a distance like a hawk. I always want to know where they are and what sort of play they are doing. Working, chatting away or falling asleep in the soft play is something I can’t see myself doing ever. Kids like to run wild and they do just that at the soft play, so my eyes have to be on them every time. I don’t think I can ever be any other type of parent when they are this young. When they are old enough, they won’t be interested in soft play as much I think.

 

 

What are your thoughts on this? Have you come across any of these parents in soft play centres or at the playground? Do sound off in the comments section below, let’s chat. Thanks for reading. Have a lovely weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

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