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Let Children Get Bored Again

Let Children Get Bored Again

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  • Agree that we have become completely child centric as a society. Children should not only learn how to cope with boredom but other unpleasant feelings. To be fair, often children want to fend for themselves. And we interfere because we want to protect them.

  • I remember my mother's response & one I gladly appropriated for dealing with my own children: if you can't find anything to do, I can find something for you to do. I can guarantee it was always something they would rather not be doing.

  • I attended an outstanding lecture with Malcolm Gladwell, Jonathan Haidt and others who talked about this concept of not allowing children to be children and needing to have children learn flexibility and have creative playtime. Janet Lansbury also touches on this concept in episodes of her respectful

    I attended an outstanding lecture with Malcolm Gladwell, Jonathan Haidt and others who talked about this concept of not allowing children to be children and needing to have children learn flexibility and have creative playtime. Janet Lansbury also touches on this concept in episodes of her respectful parenting too. I’ll never forget an incident a few weeks ago at the children’s museum of manhattan. I was there playing with my toddler daughter and my husband. There was a mom who was following her five year old around with a camcorder, telling her how to talk on camera and what actions she should do with toys. It disgusted me. I know I don’t know the whole story, but what I observed was pathetic. Why do we feel this incessant need to monitor everything our kids do, and then when they don’t do something that we wouldn’t do we lash out at them or correct their behavior. Kids need to learn, and removing all barriers and boundaries just means that that is what you as a parent become.

  • Boredom and how to manage it are vital for success in the workplace and in the real world. Demonstrating patience, paying attention even when we don’t want to, and quietly attending to our own thoughts are all lost arts. Anyone with a pulse can see how today’s constant screen time and need for stimulation

    Boredom and how to manage it are vital for success in the workplace and in the real world. Demonstrating patience, paying attention even when we don’t want to, and quietly attending to our own thoughts are all lost arts. Anyone with a pulse can see how today’s constant screen time and need for stimulation has affected young people, our meeting rooms, and society in general. Creativity often spurs from the most mundane.

  • This works for adults as well!

  • The next big business concept: Boredom Rooms! For just $35/hr, we will lock your kids (or even you) in an 8'x12' room with not a bloody thing in it.

  • Why pay for boredom rooms? Our children need to be on the playground learning to navigate life with each other. Have dinners as families (I know, super hard due to crazy schedules with sports, music lessons, scouts, religion classes, etc.) with no phones.

  • I don’t know if it’s really let them be bored or let them play on their own without electronics and instill more discipline for the times needed to just sit there like in school or at a restaurant.

  • I've been saying this for a few months now.

  • I work at a residential treatment center for adolescent girls. Parents are willing to pay us quite a significant amount of money each month to help their daughters learn to form healthy relationships and regulate themselves emotionally. We are really good at what we do: some of the best in the industry

    I work at a residential treatment center for adolescent girls. Parents are willing to pay us quite a significant amount of money each month to help their daughters learn to form healthy relationships and regulate themselves emotionally. We are really good at what we do: some of the best in the industry. What is our secret? Well... we take away television, video games, phones, and most forms of entertainment. We replace them with farm style mind-numbing chores, therapy groups, and schoolwork. It’s super boring, but it works. Seems like parents should be able to accomplish that themselves without paying us so much, but we’ll take it. 😀