Posted May 17, 2007.
The typical thought surrounding “boredom” that comes to mind for many families is a child with time on their hands coming to Mom asking, “What can I do? I’m b-o-r-e-d!”
Reality Check: Today most families (parents and children alike) would love to have such ample free time that allows someone to become bored!
Still some factors concerning boredom are valuable to consider for today’s parents.
Children often get restless if they need to wait for long periods of time. They are sometimes expected to:
It is the wait time that causes restlessness and can lead to behavior problems.
Parents and caregivers have an important role in guiding their children. They can help children learn how to manage their own behavior while waiting. A child who has learned self control has a more positive outlook and can learn to ask for help when waiting or if boredom is a problem.
Here are some suggestions that can help make waiting times easier.
1. While in the car
2. While in line
3. While at sporting events
Register to rate articles and leave comments.
© Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
University of Illinois Extension