Let Children Get Bored Again


By Pamela Paul, The New York Times


“I’m bored.” It’s a puny little phrase, yet it has the power to fill parents with a cascade of dread, annoyance, and guilt. If someone around here is bored, someone else must have failed to enlighten or enrich or divert. And how can anyone — child or adult — claim boredom when there’s so much that can and should be done? Immediately.

But boredom is something to experience rather than hastily swipe away. And not as some kind of cruel Victorian conditioning, recommended because it’s awful and toughens you up. Despite the lesson most adults learned growing up — boredom is for boring people — boredom is useful. It’s good for you…more

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