MomsEveryday: boredom in the summer

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Amy Carlson and Pam Tauscher discuss why it is ok for kids to be bored in the summer.

Want your kid to arrive at their own ideas and opinions? Have them embrace boredom. Belton says the research shows that when they’re not occupied, kids “take initiative and not be completely dependent on adults or anything ready-made for them.” Of course, first they may just flop on the floor and whine.

In a piece on The Conversation, Belton discussed how boredom helps cultivate “curiosity, perseverance, playfulness, interest, and confidence.” You like those things. Those are the important traits that, ironically, help them grow into smart, non-boring people