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Friday, June 9, 2017

Why "I'm Bored" Isn't the Worst Thing a Parent Can Hear During Summer Vacation


One of the dreaded expressions a parent often hears over summer vacation is a whiny, "I'm bored." After taking a deep breath, it is important to not immediately become an entertainment coordinator for your child. In a day and age in which we are often over-scheduled and over-stimulated, this article shows there are real benefits to children working through a little boredom on their own.  

“Your role as a parent is to prepare children to take their place in society. Being an adult means occupying yourself and filling up your leisure time in a way that will make you happy,” says Lyn Fry, a child psychologist in London with a focus on education. “If parents spend all their time filling up their child’s spare time, then the child’s never going to learn to do this for themselves.”

Read more about the simple yet powerful concept of allowing our children to find ways to occupy their time independently.  




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