Let Children Get Bored Again

Only a few short decades ago, during the lost age of underparenting, grown-ups thought a certain amount of boredom was appropriate.

…Nowadays, subjecting a child to such inactivity is viewed as a dereliction of parental duty.  …Claire Cain Miller cited a recent study that found that regardless of class, income or race, parents believed that “children who were bored after school should be enrolled in extracurricular activities, and that parents who were busy should stop their task and draw with their children if asked.”

…When you reach your breaking point, boredom teaches you to respond constructively, to make something happen for yourself. 

…The ability to handle boredom, not surprisingly, is correlated with the ability to focus and to self-regulate.

Opinion | Let Children Get Bored Again – The New York Times

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