How to harness your child's boredom

How to harness your child's boredom

TV psychologist Emma Kenny shares her five top tips for helping your children use boredom effectively and to their advantage.

 Boredom

1. Set the scene

Explain what you're doing and why. 'Mummy's going to read her book because she wants to have some time to herself.'

2. Imagination is key

Give your child a list of things that you used to do to fill your time. Building forts, finding shapes in the clouds, making sock puppets and putting on a show...

3. Make it special

Call this time something fun such as 'super self-time' - this makes it an actual activity, and a simple one that your child directs.

4. Stick with it

If your child isn't used to spending time in this way, it might cause an issue at first - but don't feel guilty. Like any change it will take time, but you'll find children are very adaptable.

5. Have a debrief

After the 'super self-time', get together with your child and talk about what they enjoyed. Listen to what your child has done and praise them. Involve yourself in whatever thoughts they've had or things they've created. This will positively anchor their experience and add to the worth.

RELATED ARTICLES

Related Articles

Swimming taught by experts…that’s the Puddle Ducks difference
Baby
Swimming taught by experts…that’s the Puddle Ducks difference
Swimming taught by experts…that’s the Puddle Ducks difference Puddle Ducks...
Two baby bundles to win worth £975
Win
Two baby bundles to win worth £975
Two baby bundles to win worth £975 This month, we’re offering one lucky...
A no-nonsense guide to childhood illnesses
Baby & Toddler Health
A no-nonsense guide to childhood illnesses
A no-nonsense guide to childhood illnesses Childhood illnesses have been in the...
20% discount at Polarn O. Pyret
Fashion
20% discount at Polarn O. Pyret
20% discount at Polarn O. Pyret You and your tots will love Polarn O. Pyret’s...

email block

different-ways-to-care-for-babies-all-around-the-worldParenting

Parenting styles from around the world

You may think taking babies out late is odd, but other mums think buggies are crazy...
recipe-mango-berry-and-lime-nice-cream-sliceRecipes & Food

Recipe: Mango, berry and lime nice-cream slice

These Mango, berry and lime nice-cream slices may look indulgent but they are bursting with goodness.
recipe-strawberry-custard-tartsRecipes & Food

Recipe: Strawberry custard tarts

A faff-free version of French custard tarts
start-your-enginesWin

LEGO DUPLO has launched three fantastic fun-filled Disney Pixar Cars 3 sets

Pre-school fans of Disney Pixar Cars 3 can recreate all the fun of the new movie with three exciting and...
win-a-little-swallows-travel-cot-from-izziwotnotWin

WIN a Little Swallows Travel Cot from Izziwotnot

Enter our competition for a chance to win a luxury travel cot worth £89!
win-free-tickets-to-this-morning-live-and-see-our-editor-scarlett-on-stage-with-holly-willoughbyWin

Win free tickets to This Morning Live and see our Editor Scarlett on stage with Holly Willoughby

See Gurgle Editor Scarlett Brady on stage with Holly Willoughby, Dr Rang and Editor of Netmums Annie O Leary to...