“I’m boooored!!!” They’re two words parents hate to hear – usually, because they’re said in that whiney, nails-down-a-chalkboard tone. But it turns out, there are a few benefits of boredom for kids. Yep, it can actually be a good thing! Here’s why…
It makes them more creative
A 2014 study put test subjects through a range of boring reading and writing tasks, followed by a creative task. The study found that those performing the most boring tasks were more creative when it came time to try the final task. The role of daydreaming in increasing creativity was also identified – those whose minds were able to wander (largely, because of their boredom) demonstrated more creative ways of thinking.
It’s good for their mental health
One of the many benefits of boredom for kids is the positive impact it can have on their mental health. A life constantly full of engagement and excitement sounds pretty exhausting. If we’re to believe that ‘everything in moderation’ is key to a happy life, it goes without saying that taking some time out to simply be bored can’t be such a bad thing after all.
It makes them ambitious
In 2011, researchers found that, when our mind wanders, our thoughts are generally future-focused. They also found that individuals with high working memories were more likely to engage in prospective mind-wandering, and that daydreaming can be useful in our day-to-day lives, too. Suddenly, doing ‘nothing’ doesn’t seem so bad after all!
It improves intuition
The very feeling of boredom lets you know that something isn’t quite right at that given point – there is something you would rather be doing, but you aren’t quite sure what it is just yet. Boredom gives us that push to figure out what it is that we want to be doing, and could be training your intuitive ability to know when something isn’t quite right.
It inspires them
Finding something to do when you’re bored is like hitting the jackpot – often, we end up throwing ourselves into whatever activity has taken our fancy. A 2018 study of boredom in the classroom found that it led some children to take on an activity or topic they had never explored.
If the kids really can’t take the boredom, why not have them try one of these at-home pottery projects? Or, if you’ve got other ideas to keep the kids entertained, let us know on Facebook or Instagram!