“I’m bored”, they say while seated next to enough electronic entertainments to launch a local JB HiFi, but if they’re bored well let them be bored, it’s a good thing.
Boredom can allow children to let their thoughts and imaginations roam, explore ideas and think creatively and choose activities that match moods – for example, if your child is feeling full of energy, they might want and need to be physically engaged.
“When children are required to find something to do, they’re forced to use their problem-solving skills, creative thinking and imagination to play,” says Assoc Prof Julie Green, a raisingchildren.net.au director and Acting CEO of the Parenting Research Centre.
“It can really be worth parents holding their nerve when the kids complain about being bored. It shows children it isn’t the end of the world to be a bit bored and to work through it,” Green says.
“It’s important for parents to play with their children but they don’t have to entertain them all the time.”
The benefits of boredom are outlined in a new raisingchildren.net.au video series launched for parents containing tips and information on children and play.
“When children are bored it creates a feeling of being able to rely on themselves to be resilient; the ability to get through something that might be a little bit tough and a little bit stressful,” says Cat Sewell, play specialist.
Videos on the subject can be found at raisingchildren.net.au/playvideos
A new piece of AI is helping to identify people with dyslexia so something can be done, the process uses statistics and and machine learning and takes only two minutes. Read More
The University of Melbourne’s new Hansen Scholarship Program to help talented, determined students achieve their ambitions, regardless of social or economic barriers is the result of a generous $30 million gift. Read More
Class clowns finally get the chance to bring their underappreciated talent to the big stage with Melbourne International Comedy Festival having scouted Australia for the funniest secondary schoolers. Read More
Australians are largely positive about the level of education provided to their children but feel more attention should be given to developing students’ life skills in the classroom. Read More