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90. "MOM, I'M BORED!" GIVING OVERSTIMULATED KIDS THE GIFT OF BOREDOM
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Does letting your kids get bored bring up some anxieties for you? Maybe you suffer from mom guilt because you wish you could give them your attention 24/7. We are here to relieve you from this and let you know how amazing boredom can be for our kids!
We are living in an on-demand society where we have little to no patience and are constantly looking for a hit of dopamine.
Who wants to leave space for boredom when we have TikTok, Instagram reels, youtube shorts, kid's youtube, ipads, iPhones. Well, hopefully after tuning in to today's episode you will find the advantages of boredom are crucial to our kid's brain health and development.
Some of my favorite benefits of "boredom" are:
- Chance to daydream a.k.a. wool-gathering (love that word)
- time for reflection and instilling altruism
- builds tolerance for discomfort (learning to step out of their comfort zone increases their growth and success)
- fosters independent play and thinking
Boredom is crucial for brain health and development so we hope this serves as a reminder to take a deep breathe, leave time for nothing, and try doing less as a family.
I cannot imagine being bored... I wish I could feel boredom. Let our kids enjoy that gift while they can! 😩Support the show
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