How to Help Kids Manage Boredom – ETB #151

How do you manage boredom? Boredom plagues us all at one time or another. No one is immune to it. Boredom is often a sign that you’re tired of the same things over and over, even if you like routine. But, boredom is actually a good thing. It means that you have time and margin in your day to stop and think. Boredom means you have the space for creativity, innovation, and adventure rather than a robotic existence.

How to Help Kids Manage Boredom - ETB #151

3 Steps to Managing Boredom

Identify the Boredom

First, identify boredom for what it is. Even those of us who love routine and order get tired of the same thing over and over again. We get sick of mindless actions and repetitive tasks. The routines are good and part of living a productive life, but we also need the space to dream and problem-solve. Sometimes boredom is a result of feeling stuck and needing a change.

Reframe Your Thoughts

Next, you need to reframe your thoughts. So much is being said about mindfulness these days. Be careful of what you allow to come into your mind and occupy space. What are you dwelling on? Focus on gratitude whatever the season or situation you’re in right now.

Find Ways to Redirect Bored Kids (and Adults!)

How can you redirect your children (or yourself!) when boredom sets in? Try some of these suggestions for managing boredom:

  • Do something out of the ordinary
  • Play with an old toy in a new way
  • Listen to an audiobook
  • Watch video tutorials
  • Do something physical and active
  • Find a way to do something faster
  • Create a challenge for yourself
  • Find a way to be more efficient or effective
  • Make a gratitude list
  • Connect with someone
  • Flip the schedule around

Some of your kids would be changing things up every day if given the chance and others freak out when you mess with their routine. Find a balance in your days of routine and adventure. Remember: that there isn’t anything wrong with being bored. Use that boredom and discontentment to show your kids how to be innovators and grateful people.

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How to Help Kids Manage Boredom - ETB #151