Do you let your kids be bored?

Thursday, August 2, 2018 11:31 am
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How often do you let your kids get bored? Well in a world where children are inundated with a plethora of entertainment options, it’s surprising that they can still get bored.

Kirste and Morro tackled the question of boredom this morning on Brekky with Kirste’s best friend Shannon. Shannon told the family of her recent story where her son had a tantrum after discovering he was bored:

After all the fun and games had settled though, we thought it was best to get an expert in the studio to speak into the benefits of boredom.

Kath Healy from Nature Play WA joins the guys every fortnight on a Thursday.

She specialises in equipping parents and teachers with tools to get their kids outdoors, and today she had a timely word for everyone (kids or adults) who feel guilty for feeling bored:

“From boredom comes creative play. That’s what we want to see in kids, in the future big thinkers, the problem solvers.

If you’re constantly being entertained, you never have the chance to work things out for yourself.”

Our lives are so scheduled whether you’re an adult or a kid. We have sport, dance, dinner parties, connect groups, play groups, the lists are endless.

We need to start embracing a space of boredom where there are no rules, especially for our kids.

Letting them know that there are no rules in these spaces gives them the liberty to do whatever they want (within reason).

You can hear the full discussion with Kath Healy here:



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