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  • Writer's pictureIlaria Galliano

Ugh, what a bore!

“I'm feeling bored. What can I do?”

How many times have you heard this phrase from your children? 

This simple phrase compels us to find something surprising to entertain our children, driven by the desire to prevent boredom. We brainstorm and offer solutions to fulfill their requests and to fill these moments lacking external stimulation. 

We often seek out new and varied experiences, possibly because we fear boredom and are accustomed to living in a fast-paced and stimulating environment. Consequently, we tend to view periods of calm as something to be controlled and rearranged. 

Is it wrong to feel bored?

Children have well-defined routines throughout the day, from morning to evening. They engage in various stimulating and structured activities, leaving very little unstructured or "empty" time. As adults, we need to be careful in managing their time, and ensure that any free time is also filled with productive activities to keep them engaged.

It is essential to pay attention to the needs and requirements of our children during their development process. We dedicate ourselves to providing them with the best education and training offers. However, we should not overlook the importance of boredom in their growth and development.

Boredom is often seen as a negative experience, but in fact, it can be an opportunity for personal growth and development. When children are bored, they have the chance to explore their creativity, imagination, and interests. This can lead to the discovery of new passions and an increased desire to learn. Therefore, instead of seeing boredom as a problem to be solved, we can view it as a valuable opportunity for children to grow and develop.

Boredom should be seen as a valuable opportunity to discover oneself, emotions and experiment with new solutions, rather than being considered a problem that needs to be solved.

How to manage boredom?

Boredom is an experience that should be embraced from an early age. This allows one to learn to manage their routine with awareness and to organize it independently, even without external stimuli as a teenager or adult.

Experiencing boredom allows you to:

  • stimulate creativity, imagination, and fantasy;

  • activate internal resources, increasing self-knowledge;

  • channel energy to understand one's interests;

  • knowing emotions;

  • promote autonomy.

When children feel bored, we can encourage them to explore their interests and pursue their passions, turning that "empty" time into a time of growth and discovery. 

We offer the possibility of activating internal resources to try new experiences or explore new passions.

The lack of external stimuli prompts the mind to activate, creatively and thoughtfully responding to the "problem" to overcome it.

Let's encourage the children to experience the extraordinary benefits of taking time for themselves to explore their desires: to learn, experiment, discover, research, imagine, or simply relax.

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