PARENTS have suffered panic attacks triggered by parenting advice this week to “let their kids get bored” these school holidays, according to family experts.
Nature Play WA’s Griffin Longley said the key to understanding the advice on encouraging kids to make their own fun is for parents to hear the dreaded words “I’m bored” differently.
“It can trigger ... panic in a parent because you imagine all the effort and time it’s going to soak up solving that boredom for that child,” he said.
“We encourage people when they hear those words to interpret them; what the kid is really saying is, ‘I’m about to do something creative’.
“Boredom is a pre-condition for creativity. There are few worse feelings that boredom — a kid, anyone, will invent their way out if given a chance.”