Re­mem­ber - it’s good to be bored!

Pick Me Up! Special - - Yoour Health -

Chil­dren com­plain about be­ing bored an av­er­age of 122 times a month – nearly 1,500 times a year – ac­cord­ing to re­search by BIC as part of its Young Artist Award. When a child is bored, par­ents are tempted to fix the prob­lem, with 68 per­cent of them us­ing TV as a dis­trac­tion. But ex­perts claim that par­ents should ac­tu­ally be do­ing more to en­cour­age bore­dom. ‘Bore­dom is of­ten a bril­liant plat­form for chil­dren to use their imag­i­na­tions,’ says child ed­u­ca­tion con­sul­tant Dr Martin Stephen. He sug­gests dis­tract­ing chil­dren with ac­tiv­i­ties which stim­u­late their imag­i­na­tion, such as draw­ing, cook­ing, or play­ing make-be­lieve games.

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