BOREDOM IS GOOD FOR KIDS: Down time can prep kids for dull times in adulthood

Boredom in children is no bad thing and can prepare them for dull moments in adulthood, a prep school leader has warned.

Cramming children’s schedules with extra-curricular activities could hinder their development and make youngsters manic and anxious.

Julie Robinson, the education and training director of the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS), said time should be made for reflection, meditation and calm.

‘It is all too easy for parents to be sucked into a competitive busyness, ensuring that children are constantly occupied and stimulated,’ she told the IAPS magazine.

‘We should not fear boredom however. Quiet, reflective time is just as important as purposeful activity.’

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