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How To Handle "I'm Bored" Statements

Updated on December 6, 2012

Are You Bored?

Boredom gives you space.  It provides reflective time to think creatively on positive possibilities of action.
Boredom gives you space. It provides reflective time to think creatively on positive possibilities of action. | Source

You've heard it before!

Nothing puts a parent on edge more than hearing their child state, "I'm bored." Moms especially feel responsible when they hear these words and want to fix the problem immediately. Often, a parent suggests they go clean their room, or help with a household chore in order to force them to think of something to do on their own. And usually, this is met with moans, mumbling, and stamping of feet while walking away.

This summer when my grandchildren were visiting we spent time swimming, touring museums, eating out, shopping and going to the beach. We were highly active a good majority of the time they stayed with us, but there were a couple of let's-stay-at-home evenings, when we heard, "I'm bored", followed by sighs. This was followed by a discussion on available options of engagement such as reading one of the library books we picked up, making a tent, or helping to sort and count pennies. Fortunately, they are pretty resourceful and know what to do when they are bored.

The cartoonist, Saul Steinberg, is quoted as saying, "The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes." Boredom can lead to creativity in a child and exploration of how they think. If guided well, children can learn to use this empty or unstructured space of time to imagine, invent, and discover the world around them.

Fight the Boredom With These Ideas!

Disconnect Technology: Make Space For Boredom!

Does Technology Program Kids For Boredom?

It starts when they are just wee infants, mom or dad pops in a video while making dinner, working on the computer, or chatting with someone to keep a child engaged and busy. This activity sets a pattern for future responses to a child's play or work time. Another common recommendation for older children is to suggest they watch their favorite TV show or play on the computer (now it's the ipod or ipad) while mom or dad finishes a task.

This type of learned behaviour conditions children to resort to electronic entertainment in response to unstructured play time or gaps of inactivity. The use of these technological methods to fill time prevents children from developing crucial cognitive and social skills through creative play. As a result, they fail to think creatively, or to draw from within themselves for ideas on how to fill time.

Some studies show that electronic games have increased dopamine levels in the brain affecting the level of enjoyment children have in other activities such as riding a bike or reading a book. Dopamine is a chemical neurotransmitter affecting movement and pleasure. It can improve overall enjoyment of living and prevent negative emotions leading to depression. However, when dopamine is rewarded in the brain through electronic entertainment, real life situations dull in comparison. Thus, we have a generation of children who are easily bored when forced to find non-electronic activities for self-directed play or enjoyment.

The American Medical Association suggests parents limit children to two hours of electronic time a day. This includes TV, ipods, ipads, e-reading devices, videos, and computers. Allowing children to engage in technology devices longer than this may cause inability to focus on simple every day learning activities.

How Do You Handle A Child's Boredom?

As mentioned earlier, parents tend to see a red flag when they hear a child is bored. It may be so in some children, especially if they have special needs; however, in most cases the statement is simply expressing a need for ideas on play activities.

You may be in the middle of something really important, but take time to drop what you are doing and chat with your child for a few minutes. Make some suggestions on possible activities they would enjoy. Sometimes this is all they need.

If this doesn't work, ask them to join you in your task (give them something age appropriate to do), or say, "give me fifteen minutes" and I'll be free to play awhile with you. That fifteen minutes may just lead to some interesting self-directed activity that will solve the problem for your child.

Other times, they return in fifteen minutes! What to do? Perhaps taking a half hour to read a book together, take a walk, or play a game will supply your child with the attention needed, and time to regain focus on other possible activities.

Then there are the times when even this does not work and a parent is at a loss of what to suggest. I encourage parents to make an Activity Box in these circumstances:

  • Decorate a shoebox with stickers, colorful drawings, glitter.
  • Cut a hole in the top of the box cover wide enough for a child's hand to reach through.
  • Write suggestions for play activities on slips of colorful paper and put them inside the box.
  • Let your child pull one from the box.
  • As a challenge, give them a time frame for completing the activity. (If they are really engaged in the acitivity, don't stop them, let them play!)
  • When they are done, give them a praise and hug. (Reward them occasionally with a small treat.)

Activity Box Suggestions

Writing/Drawing Activities
Indoor Activities
Outdoor Activities
Draw pictures
Make a tent in the living room
Practice short and long jumps, measure the distance each time.
Write riddles
Put on some wild & crazy music: dance
Lay on a blanket outside and find cloud pictures
Write someone a card or letter
Make a costume for your pet
Collect rocks, leaves, flowers, etc. and make a collage
Draw a treasure map: hide a small prize for the winner
Make a house or car out of a large cardboard box
Have a chalk drawing contest on the sidewalk with a friend
Write a story with two different endings
Have a parade with your toys
Find interesting bugs, follow an ant to its home

How Do You Handle Boredom?

What is your favorite activity when you are bored?

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Even Infants Express Boredom

Resist the urge to pop in a video when a child is bored.  Use the time to encourage creative play.  How about applesauce as a fingerpaint activity? It's fun and safe.
Resist the urge to pop in a video when a child is bored. Use the time to encourage creative play. How about applesauce as a fingerpaint activity? It's fun and safe.

Teaching Children How To Handle Boredom

Growing up in a large family has its advantages; there is always something interesting to do. I had seven siblings and we spent hours playing kickball, volleyball, jump rope and other such outdoor games. We also enjoyed walking as a group to the library or to the park to play. We were always busy! As a result, I learned to value solitude and enjoy leisure time to just sit and read a book or watch a movie. Boredom is a welcome opportunity to me!

I like to refer to this as self-enjoyment. Being in this state of mind allows you to produce positive leisure activities that bring satisfaction to our lives and prevents the onset of boredom. If children are not helped to realize this self-enjoyment, when they reach adulthood they may result to negative habits such as drugs, depression, and lack good social skills.

Here are some suggestions for helping a child to overcome boredom on their own. After all, this is what you want to encourage because it leads to creativity and connection to real world events.

  1. Reflect upon your child's play activities, make positive comments on their play experience. Saying things like, "you are really enjoying yourself with that game.", helps them to understand what it feels like to have a good time. This is important in judging times of boredom as it leads to finding creative ways to increase personal enjoyment.
  2. Allow your child time to experience boredom. What happens when there is a pause? Parents can plan ahead for these times by providing playthings in their room, quiet areas for reading, outdoor equipment that is safe and enjoyable, and an Activity Box as described above.
  3. As they play, they will begin to comprehend what makes them happy. Perhaps it is the activity itself or the friends they are with that make it fun. This is important in developing play that leads to self-fulfillment.
  4. Once a child discovers what makes him or her happy, they can create activities that complete their enjoyment and prevent boredom that is detrimental to their emotional well-being.

Boredom can be a good thing. It gives a child time to figure out what they enjoy, what they like to do, and what they do not enjoy. It challenges them to think creatively. As George H. W. Bush once said, "What's wrong with being a boring kind of guy?" Creativity is a sign of stability, inventive thinking, and leadership and those are very good traits for a child to own!



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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi teaches12345,

      I have noted with a lot of concern how technology has reduced kids outdoor activities. Most activities are designed around indoor like computer games, watching TV and such. Activities such as riding bikes and other outdoors plays for kids are becoming fewer and fewer.

      I agree with you that we should encourage activities that help in developing crucial cognitive and social skills in kids rather than dwelling solely on electronic entertainment. Great write-up, voted up, useful and shared.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Voted up teaches! You must have have a tape recorder in our house this last week. It's my daughter's favorite thing to say right now. This hub offers some good insight because cleaning her room is the last thing she wants to do! Great hub!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Great ideas to help the problem. I personally think kids are on sensory overload. I see my grandkids kept busy from morning to nite...and when there is a lull they start to complain. I think part of it is everything is sooo planned. When we were little we were always busy playing outdoors and finding stuff inside to do. Kids when bored will beg for computer games, TV etc. What I am saying we live in a very different world today. However with that being said you do have some great solutions.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Dianna, loved this article and the kids' activity box is awesome. I truly have pinned to try o make one with my girls and sue. Great ideas here and have voted way up, shared and tweeted, too!!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      My kids and grandkids love to do what I'm doing. I am a very creative person: always doing craft, sewing, gardening. They love to join in. If I let him, my grandson would spend the entire day on computer games.

      Great Hub. I voted it UP, etc.

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      Sturgeonl 4 years ago

      I love the quote you mentioned in this hub..."The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes."It makes so much sense. Children need opportunity to use creativity to escape the boredom. This is what play is all about! Great hub and voted way up!

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      stillwaters707 4 years ago from Texas

      Thanks for this productive hub. I like the shoebox idea. I guess older children (teens) can do this, or make a list in a journal IF they feel they're too old for the shoebox. Notice I said "IF". Some teens still like to color: another lowtech solution. Now, you have me brainstorming.

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      Ms. Immortal 4 years ago from NJ

      Great information, thank you for a great post on what can be a difficult situation.

      I feel that most kids today have lives that are so scheduled, with school, after school activities, and homework. They are so busy that they don't know what to do in their down time. It's very important for them to have this down time and to feel the boredom so they can get their creative juices flowing and develop personal interests; like art, music, writing, etc.

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      Deepak Chaturvedi 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice work and informative too.Thanks to share.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Sturgeonl, I thought Steinberg's quote was a perfect fit for this topic. As a cartoonist he created with such great imagery and purpose for the New Yorker -- guess boredome served him well! It is what play leads to indeed.

      Stillwaters, hopefully by later teen years children know how to handle boredom. If not, I like your journal idea followed by perhaps a sports practice or club activity would apply. Coloring is still something I enjoy!

      Cathy, so true. Today parents fill that extra time with overload of activities. Boredom sets in when there's is a pause and they don't know what to do. Great add on this topic. Take care.

      Deepak, good to see you today. Thanks for coming by to comment. Enjoy your day.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Mary, yes children will enjoy a craft or hobby right along with an adult. It helps them to fill those gaps of time well. I am smiling at your grandson's pleasure, I can relate to that!

      Janine, Thanks for your positive contribution here and for sharing. You are always such a welcome visitor.

      Carol, I think the outdoor play was sometimes my mom's way of shooing us out of the home, but it worked in making us creatively think of things to do on our own. Sensory overload, is a great conconcern as children are losing the ability to focus in school due to technological usage.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Dwachira, it is way too easy for parents to direct kids to the TV, etc. Their social world is a virtual overload through technology, not a good method of stimulating the brain to think outside the box or to develop friendships. Thanks for your support of this topic. Be well and safe.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Glimmer, parents usually hear this statement right round 6 - 8 years of age, normal of course. This is when they need the guidance on how to use that space of time well. Thanks for your input, very highly valued!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      I don't feel bored, but I hear lots of people saying 'I'm bored.' Your tips will surely help me counter people's boredom.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Vinaya, I see this in some college students. Without their iphone on, they cannot focus on their classroom activity at times. It takes some creative teaching to stimulate their interest --it's a challenge! Thanks for your contribution, it's so right on target!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Dianna, interesting hub and one which will be enormously useful to any parent of young children reading it. My own experience of my child getting bored was to grab some paints, paper and whatever I had handy and we made things, drew, painted etc. I also used to buy her play dough which went down well. If all else failed indoors, I took her swimming and if the weather was nice, we went to the beach at low tide and looked for sea urchins, starfish etc. She stopped being bored but I was shattered!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Your child was blessed in having this wonderful guidance on creatively handling boredom. I'm certain she will, if not already, be a very well balanced person. Good job on parenting, Jools!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Just an excellent article!!

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your hub is very useful and contains some great suggestions, Dianna! As usual, your mix of theory and practical advice is excellent.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, you always have such great insights and suggestions. I was laughing while reading this; my dad's reaction to me being bored was to give me more chores to do. One learned very quickly to keep one's mouth shut about being bored. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Audrey, Alicia, Bill: thank you for always stopping by to add flavor to the topics. Boredom these days is sometimes a redirect to electronics and sometimes offering chores is a better solution! Take care.

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      Mary Strain 4 years ago from The Shire

      Teaches, this will be useful to everyone, and you make such good points. Life is so crazy now for both adults and children that the occasional breather is a gift.

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      Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

      Boredom is something I absolutely do not understand. Growing up I didn't have near the gadgets of today and I never really liked dolls but bored? Never. I had six siblings, five boys and four younger than me so I was much in charge of them. Watching the sky was an adventure...and still is. I guess we have to deal with it though in today's kids and your suggestions make sense as always.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Excellent suggestions for alleviating boredom, Dianna. With seven siblings I can understand why boredom must have been an unknown quantity while you were growing up. Bet your mother never had to arrange any 'play-dates' for you all. Right?

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Occasional breathers are a gift, Molly. So glad you came by here today. Take care.

      Polly, I'm with you on the boredom issue. I had so many siblings that I enjoyed the quiet time. Thanks for your support. Enjoy your evening.

      Dr BJ, with seven children in the home - yes, schedules were filled with activity every moment. Neighbors would send their kids over anyway for play dates because our house had all the toys! Thanks for visiting. Take care, friend.

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      Elena 4 years ago from London, UK

      These are excellent and practical tips. I love what you wrote about allowing kids to find out what makes them happy. I think it will also help them later in life, to know the path they wish to choose career-wise in future. Most kids anyway....

      Brilliant Hub.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Lady E, it's funny how boredom plays a role in a child's life, even to the choices they make as adults. Great add to the conversation! Have a wonderful evening.

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      teacherjoe52 4 years ago

      Good morning teaches.

      I like your statement Boredom is a welcome opportunity to me!

      I am very much a loner and greatly enjoy quietly reading and love sitting by a quiet stream or by the shore of a lake or ocean and just drink in the ambiance. It was a great experience in Hong Kong last wek sitting in the middle of a mountain stream surrounded by rapids, birds and wild monkeys. That is where I feel closest to God.

      I too believe people in the world are too wired and that is one reason for the excessive consumerisim today.

      Wow, that was a big family. No boredom there.

      I like to get a book and read it with the children and then talk about the story. It helps them nurture creativity.It is bonding when you give them chores to do and help them with it.

      God bless you.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      TeacherJoe, I am with you on the solitude. It is a chance to meditate and pray to God. I truly enjoy it as well. I am getting ready to post a hub on one of my favorite places to go where I can sit and reflect in peace. I love that you stimulate children to think creatvely through reading. Chores are great way to teach responsbility and order. God bless you, friend, for supporting this topic.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      GREAT counsel. Fortunately, it hit me one day. "these times won't last forever." So, I was very involved. Boredom might have happened in some line waiting our turn.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Mhatter, you made a wise choice to make the best of every moment. Blessings!

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      My answer is not recommended, but when I was a kid my parent's used to say, "Go bang your head against the wall!"

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      b. Malin 4 years ago

      Not having "little Children" anymore, I found your Hub Refreshing, Teacher. It brought back Memories of taking "Nature Walks" with the boys, the two Dogs, and occasionally a Cat or two would Follow!

      I don't remember either of them ever being Totally Bored...Were times different?

      Anyway a Productive, and Education Hub, with lots of Good Thoughts and Excellent Ideas!

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      One of the reasons technology becomes boring is there's no effort required to use it. If a child learns to create with material things, as you've suggested, there's nothing instant about it, and they learn to value the fruit of their labors. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Breakfastpop, I can hear my dad saying that one! Thanks for coming by here. See you at the inn.

      B. Malin, you handled gaps of inactivity well. Your boys were so fortunate to have such a wonderful example. I do believe times were different then, time is scarce now for families as schedules are filled with activities. Thanks for your visit. Take care.

      Alocsin, technology does limit creativity. Children are fed what to think. Great analogy on this. Good to see you here today. Be safe & strong.

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Great suggestions of ways to deal with boredom. Being certain to have many stimulating options available is important. Sometimes I think in today's age our kids may think they need to have something planned for them all of the time..Here comes one of those "when I was a child things'....it's true. When I was a child we never had time to be bored. There was too much to do. Always. We played games outside till dark, made use of the waters nearby, did puzzles, and played board games, read books, and did simple crafts.

      I do think that we can have lots of things available and kids may still say, I am bored. I used to say to the children when I was still teaching, Boring people are bored. And it was rare that I ever heard kids say they were bored as they knew there were many many choices of thngs to do when I was working with a group that saying that was only an excuse for not making a choice. Sorry, I guess I got carried away. You really have covered this well and it is great to have choices on hand. Teaching our kids to take take advantage of those things that are there for them rather than being ready to say they are bored is important too. Voted useful, interesting, and up Sending angels your way. :) ps

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Pstraubie, it is hard not to reflect upon our childhood, even our kids childhood just a few years back. With fewer gadgets, they spent more time playing creatively indoors and out. My son rarely said he was bored, he knew how to handle the gaps well. Although, some times it got him in trouble for thinking too creativly! Enjoyed your visit here today. Be well and safe.

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      acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

      Excellent suggestions to alleviate boredom! I confess i am fortunate to be one of those people you never become bored!

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Well said, Dianna.

      Boredom could help challenge the kids creative side but adults need to drop everything and help them explore their inner strengths.

      Great tips.

      Voted up and sharing it across

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Acaetnna, if you are like me, there is no time for boredeom. Wish I had some once in a while. Thanks for visiting and commenting. Stay well and safe.

      Ruchira, I agree! Without guidance and attention, children will use the time to creatively choose activities that are non-productive. Thanks for the add to the topic. Enjoy your week.

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      iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

      When children are bored, it could be a source of worry or even distress signal for the parents. Good thing there is such hub like this. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Iguide, it is indeed a concern with some kids when bored. Parents should be aware of this and take time to listen and guide them. Thanks for your insightful comment. Be well!

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Great ideas. In this generation kids need to do something all the time and they want to do something new. :-)

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I agree with you, ignugent: kids are active and want to experience thrills in everything they do.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Very useful ideas here for any parent - those 'I'm bored' statements seem to something parents need to deal with! You are preparing me in case I have kids :) Vote up and sharing too.

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Nice work, teaches. There are so many great ways to tune in and turn on our kids to the joys of learning and influencing them to want to do so. My own daughter always has offered her parents the big challenges and was placed in a class for gifted children. It can be done and with great rewards for our efforts.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Hi Christy, I think I used I'm bored more as an adult than when a kid! Thanks for stopping by here and for your view on the topic's statement. You are probably already way ahead of most parents, you don't need the practice!

      Whonu, you have reminded me of how important it is to note when a gifted child states he or she is bored -- they need challenges to keep them engaged in normal life routines. Thanks for coming by today. You enjoy your evening.

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Dianna, You always amaze us with your thought provoking articles, In fact i had never thought, very seriously on this topic, thank you so much for this eye opening and very useful hub.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      teaches12345 you come up with new, interesting and exciting ways to deal with children. You make parenting sound as easy as a breeze. Thank you for all the great ideas and solutions that you share with us generously. Voted way up as usual. Shared and pinned.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Wow, teaches, what an informative, well put-together hub! So many great ideas. When my nieces and nephews express boredom, I think how lucky they are! I don't remember ever being bored, though, definitely not as an adult, unless I was in a boring meeting. LOL. I could play for hours in my room as a child--alone!There are so many things to do all the time. Giving children more options and helping them develop their interests might be key. Great hub here for parents! :-) Many votes!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Girishpuri, thank you for your comment and support. I am glad that the topic was of interest to you. Enjoy your weekend.

      Vellur, glad the article is interesting and that it is helping parents to look at parenting in a better light. I appreciate your votes and sharing. Be safe and strong.

      Victoria, I think your idea of giving children options and helping them develop interests is right on with getting them to use boredom creatively. Your insight is valued!

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      cristina327 4 years ago from Manila

      Great hub which presents a great wealth of information. Thank you for sharing it here at Hub pages. Remain blessed always. Best regards.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Cristina, thank you for your kind comment and visit. I appreciate your support. Blessings.

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      I think I seriously want an activity box. Maybe one for the kid at heart :) You were very mindful of the reader when you wrote this. Probably because you are a mother and educator. I think this will help me :) /

      I really like "Boredom can lead to creativity in a child and exploration of how they think. If guided well, children can learn to use this empty or unstructured space of time to imagine, invent, and discover the world around them." That is so relateble to me! Thank you!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Audra, you are such a creative spirit but I think it is your nature and not necessarily inspired by boredom. I think an adult activity box would be fun! We should write a hub on that one!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      LOL...you know, if I ever actually said this statement as a child, I don't remember. I knew that if I did, my mom would give me plenty of "work" to do. I grew up in a nursing home - there was always SO MUCH going on. Not only that, I'm the youngest by 11 years, so I had to figure out quickly how to play on my own and do things for myself. By 12 years of age, I was helping my mom feed and bathe her patients and taking CPR classes. Eek. Hehe. Great hub, though, because for those kids who do utter these words, you have presented a variety of ideas to help out with that.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      You must have had an exciting life, CC. I imagine that you learned lots about life just being in the nursing home environment. I would not have been bored either. Thanks for your add to this topic. Enjoy your week.

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      Can we write a hub together??

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      We should write a hub together!! It would be fun and a good challenge!

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      Marissa 4 years ago from United States

      Excellent hub and suggestions! I just read somewhere that if a parent spends a mere 10-15 minutes with a 'bored' child, the boredom factor goes away and the child is happy to play on his or her own. It's kind of like a boost from a different perspective that the child needs to get the creative and active ideas flowing once again.

      I really like the idea of the activity box. Making the box and suggestions alone are boredom busters!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Excellent observation, PracticalMommy. It is true, just a few minutes of attention is all that is needed at times for children to continue with other activities. Glad you stopped in to add to the conversation. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Diana, I agree very much that technology prepares us for boredom and a short attention span. We are spoiled for choice, so many things get boring! especially for children. Thanks for sharing these valuable tips!

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      Susan Ream 4 years ago from Michigan

      It is sad how electronics occupy so much time. It's a two-edged sword as I see it. If not controlled - a child will become obsessed and miss so much in life, besides obsessive behavior it can also keep kids from physical activity which they need for their little body's to grow BUT there are some wonderful advantages to utilizing some of the newest technologies like the leap pad2 which is a treasure house of teaching for little children.

      The key has to be balance and the adult must take responsibility for monitoring and engaging children to tap into their creativity. Loved the hub. We all need to think about the future of of children.

      Voted Up and Useful!

      Mekenzie

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Midget, it is a challenge for parents to direct children to other activities outside of tech toys and gadgets. Helping kids to see the creative side of boredom will help them to be better leaders as they grow older. They will know how to focus and become productive. I am so glad you stopped by to reflect on this topic. Enjoy your weekend.

      Mekenzie, balance is key, as you mentioned. There are lots of wonderful educational tech-toys and games, but they must not become th sole source of activity for children. Thanks for your visit and valued comment. Blessings.

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      Louisa Rogers 4 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

      teaches12345, what an excellent hub. I think culturally we are afraid of boredom, as we're afraid of loneliness-- and in the case of children saying they're bored, maybe parents get anxious hearing that, as you say, feeling they have to 'fix' it. I see boredom as a shorthand word for something else-- confusion? uncertainty? restlessness? and maybe one thing the parent (or grandparent) can do is encourage the child to name the underlying experience better. I too liked your quote about the connection between boredom and creativity. Voted up and useful.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Louisa, a parent and child should discuss the root of boredom when they chat to ensure it is not something deeper. Unknown fears are a cause for concern, especially if the child demonstrates anxiety with the boredom. Normally boredom is detected as such and parents can guide children on the next step. Good add to the topic. So glad you came by here tonight. Enjoy your weekend.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Interesting statement to allow your child to experience boredom. I never though of being bored as a good thing. You're right, we don't have to have a planned activity every second of the day. When we got bored when I was a girl, my Mom gave us brown paper bag and a pair of safety scissors. We made paper dolls! Voted up...useful!!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I love your mom's creative boredom buster! I used to cut magazine pictures out for my paper dolls. Thanks for your add to the flow of the hub topic, 2besure. So good to see you today.

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      formosangirl 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hi teaches12345, I am never bored. In fact, there is not enough time or energy to tackle everything. I agree that when a child is bored, this could be alleviated by your attention and participation. In the summertime when I am in the pool with the kids, they can be bored, too, even though they wanted to swim. I would spend the time dragging them around while they hung onto my arms. At home, I would engage them with arts and group magazine reading and sharing. So, perhaps "I'm bored" is just a call for attention and it really means "please do something/anything with me." Thanks for sharing. Voted up, useful , and interesting.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Formosangirl, I like your style! You have got the right concept and do a good job of handling those bored spaces of life. Thanks for adding to the conversation with great flavor. Enjoy the week!

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      Darren Curtis 4 years ago from Reading, UK

      Thanks for sharing this great hub, I think it's also worth mentioning that kids with a more people orientated personality profiles will become more easily bored than those with more task orientated personality profiles. I'll often work with task orientated parents, who have a people orientated child and they find it hard to understand why they can't just get on with stuff and unfairly label them as lazy. I always encourage them to help make the "tasks" fun. Because people orientated children like fun tasks.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Great point, parent whisperer. Personalities vary within families. Finding how people learn best is key and adds to the pleasure if any activity. Thank you. Be well and safe today.

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      Rfordin 4 years ago from Florida

      We took our young daughters to the circus (4&5). On the way OUT of the big tent my 5 year old exclaimed "What are we going to do now"...mind you we had just spent about $200.00 on two hours of circus enjoyment.

      I replied "we're going home"

      She then stomped her feet and said " I never get to have any fun, I get bored at home".

      She's lucky to have survived that afternoon and that is when I realized my children are OVER stimulated to the point where they need CONSTANT activities.

      I cannot even imagine what I will do when they are 12,13,14 etc and are "bored" but I'm so sure "clean your room, do the laundry etc" will part of my daily sayings.

      Good suggestions for little ones tho, the acitivites you listed seem easy enough and the items needed to perform them should readily be available!

      Thanks for sharing.

      ~Becky

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Rfordin, I applaud your outlook and wisdom in knowing what the future holds for your child. It takes tough parenting and love to help children develop creative use of time to combat boredom. I think allowing them to come up with solutions, under your guidance, helps them to understand they can control their response to empty gaps of time in their day. Best wishes, prayers sent on your behalf, and parenting in 2013.

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      Tonette Fornillos 4 years ago from The City of Generals

      This happens to me many times and funny that some of my suggestions don't work. I like that decorating box activities, it's perfect as my kid nieces enjoy activities like this. I guess what I need now is to challenge myself on how to supply them with the attention needed with the kind of busy-ness I have, lol. Thank you, teaches. I'm sharing across! :=)

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      anglnwu 4 years ago

      I agree. I find that these days, most kids don't know how to occupy themselves unless they're electronically occupied. I have to deal with that statement all the time, especially from one of my active kids, who always have to have something to do. Good tips and will keep them in mind. Rated up.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Tonipet, the box works great for kids and it motivates them to think creatively. Glad you enjoy this type of challenge with your nieces. Have a great day, dear friend.

      Anglnwu, electronics is very addicting, even for adults. I find my college students engaged with their social media so much that I try to incorporate it into the classsroom setting. Moderation is the key when it comes to electronics and forcing them to choose other creative activities keeps them socially, emotionally and intellectually balanced. Thank you for the insightful view. Enjoy your week, sweet lady.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      teaches12345,

      I've always been the type of person to get bored easily

      thanks for the tips to overcome that

      Voted up

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Glad you found the article helpful, Torri. I don't get bored much these days, but I sure could use some down time to be creative. You were a welcome visit here today.

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      Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

      Thanks teaches12345 for your constructive ideas on boredom. They are quite helpful and informative where we get bored. Kids will no longer get bored with your handy advice. Nice job

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Anjili, if only we could count on kids not being bored ever again... it's ok, they need the experience in order to know they can survive it! THanks for the feedback and support. Enjoy your evening.

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      Kathi 3 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      First of all, your hub score is quite impressive and how you teach and write regularly at the same time boggles my mind. Great article with lots of useful suggestions . . . I have a friend having difficulties with this issue and will forward this to her! Thank you as always!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Hi Fossillady!

      It does seem a bit boggling, but actually my interaction with students (and people) inspires my writing. Guess that is a good thing, because it makes it easier. Hope your friends finds it useful. Enjoy your evening.

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      Madeleine Salin 3 years ago from Finland

      I really love the idea of an acivity box. It's really hard to get some children motivated to do something else than play electronic games. Very good hub!

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      Anan Celeste 3 years ago from California

      This is pure gold! SO true and full of ideas. Liked and shared everywhere my friend.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Made, oh if we could only get them to put down their iPods! Thanks for your visit and support. Enjoy your weekend.

      Ananceleste, thanks so much for your comment and support. I value your visits! Blessings!

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      Sarah Cumlin 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      I completely agree with your article as it has given me some extra ideas...thank you, Teaches!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      MotherNinja, glad you got some ideas from this article. That is good feedback on the topic content. Blessings!

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      crusador 2 years ago

      All the parents experience similar situations at one or other stage and find it really difficult to cope up with. You've done lot of research and suggested some really workable tips. Thanks for sharing the info.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      I currently am dealing with a grandkids who is in this stage. It too shall pass! Thanks for your positive feedback, crusader.

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      AJ 2 years ago from Australia

      I find it almost impossible to comprehend how a child or teenager especially could be bored, but I have definitely heard the dreaded words you refer to. I love your suggestions and agree that often those moments of perceived boredom inspire the greatest self-reliance and creativity.

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