Although this may seem like a small issue, it can lead to bigger problems. A child who is bored in class, for example, actually could have attention deficits. A child who is bored at home might try risky activities just to entertain himself.
Parents can help children develop appropriate ways to combat boredom themselves:
Mix things up. Routines are important, but it’s good to put a new twist on things, too. Your child might ask to sit in the front of the class rather than the back. Even switching locations throughout homework time can make a difference.
Take a break. Sometimes kids say “I’m bored,” when they really mean “I’m tired.” Make sure your child knows the value of just unwinding and daydreaming sometimes.
Ask questions. Get to the bottom of what’s really boring your child. Homework that’s too tough? Not being challenged enough? This will help him find solutions.
Be there. Kids need adults around to keep them out of trouble. Take time not only to be present, but also to provide interesting options, such as reading materials and family activities. A foundation of supervision and guidance will motivate your child to enjoy herself.
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