Let them get bored!
We are now half way through the holidays and I have noticed an alarming amount of parents racing to fill their days with playdates, holiday programs and activities. This is all well and fine, but what about the quiet days? What about recharging batteries, and spending quality time with these little people who spend their terms at kindergarten and school? I am a kindergarten teacher, and although I don’t currently work full time, I do work casually and have seen the end of term exhaustion that sets in for the children, who are then expected to participate in a huge amount of activates throughout the holidays, and then start fresh the following term? If we as teachers and parents are exhausted by the end of term, what are their little brains and bodies feeling?
I am also shocked by the amount of parents who claim their kids get bored at home and desperately want to fill their days with playdates. One of my favourite sayings is “only boring people get bored”-Ruth Burke. And what’s wrong with a little boredom? Children’s imagination is at it’s full potential when it’s not being told what to do or how to play. Imagination plays a critical role in children’s development. It related directly to critical thinking, creative problem-solving skills and cognitive development. SO LET THEM GET BORED, because then they’ll get smart.
That is all, thanks for listening to my rant.