Let Your Kids Be Bored—It’s Healthy

An expert is giving parents some advice they likely will love to hear right now: it’s ok to let your kids be bored sometimes. Nermeen Dashoush, Ph.D., is a clinical assistant professor of Early Childhood Education at Boston University, and she says “doing nothing” means breaking away from the notion that you need to schedule every second of the day for your kid.

She writes in Popular Science, “Focus more on setting up a safe environment that promotes opportunities for exploration (without your participation) and the idea that preserving the long-term love of learning will beat filling out all those worksheets any day.” She also notes that “boredom is a healthy and natural transitional phase that everybody needs to experience,” and that if you let those moments of boredom play out your kids will eventually look for things to do and their imaginations will kick in.