Teacher, I’m bored

Teacher, I’m bored!

Maybe you recognize it? Bored, the word doesn’t have the most positive connotations. And if your child is bored, you as a parent you quickly tend to come up with ideas and solutions. Here at the after school care we also have to deal with that. Children who are listless and difficult to enthuse. They are anything but motivated to do something with all the great ideas we come up with as a pedagogical employee. We have plenty of toys here, enough craft supplies and puzzles. They don’t lack anything here. How is it possible that they can still get bored?

Children need more time to process stimuli and information than adults. So if a child is bored or finds everything boring, that is okay at all. Boring means tranquility. And rest means recharge time for the brain. Even though a child may seem passive, a lot is happening in the head. It is good for them to learn to do nothing for a while instead of growing up expecting to be constantly entertained. But what if we let the children get bored more often? How does this affect their development?

Creativity

If there is nothing to think about in a moment of rest, then the brain has room to come up with something new. And the creativity and imagination of a child is stimulated. They do not have to think actively for a while, such as at school or at a game.

Problem solving ability

Because they are encouraged to think for themselves, they learn better to solve a “problem” such as being bored. They know that we do not come up with an idea right away, but learn to trust in themselves. Children’s self-confidence increases when they notice that they are able to come up with solutions themselves. The older children are, the more we can stimulate them to come up with their own ideas.

The bottom line is that it can be very helpful for children to get bored. But if it takes too long to get bored, we will gladly lend a hand!

Annelies Dequidt
Pedagogical employee at the Verkenners (ASC)

Annelies