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When Your Child Says “I’m Bored” During Spring Break

Spring break is full of fun, but during spring break children are never as occupied as they were during the school term. Due to increased downtime, you may find that your child is complaining about boredom more than usual. Below are a few tips to help you deal with excessive complaints of boredom.

Make odd suggestions.

If the idea of playing with toys or video games isn’t exciting your child, try thinking outside of the box. Creating a giant rubber band ball or a new holiday for every day of the year is sure to keep your child busy. Suggesting your child do chores around the house is also a quick way to prevent them from bombarding you with complaints.

Get to the bottom of it.  

Find out if your child is truly out of activity ideas or if your child just wants your company. If your child rejects every idea you propose, your child may just want to spend some time with you. If gaining one-on-one time isn’t the goal, your child may just be disengaged. Encourage your child to use as many of their five senses as they can while playing. Activating senses that aren’t normally stimulated during play results in an increase of brain activity. This spike in brain activity is a certain cure for boredom.

Do nothing.

Surprisingly, boredom can be a good thing. Not only is boredom indicative of a healthy, active mind, it also provides your child with an opportunity to enjoy their free time. Inform your child that free time is a luxury, so it shouldn’t go to waste. Encourage your child to find something to do that he or she finds enjoyable – even if it isn’t necessarily exciting.

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