I'm Bored!: How to teach your child to entertain themselves

Reaping the benefits of boredom for yourself and your child
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Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (13 ratings)
512 students
40min of on-demand video
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Determine how much time you spend entertaining your child each day.
Identify three ways in which boredom benefits your child.
Identify three ways in which your child's boredom benefits you.
Create a plan for entertaining less starting tomorrow.


  • There are no prerequisites for taking this course. Anyone can jump in at anytime.


Many of us have fond memories of playing outside for hours at a time, running the neighborhood with friends and neighbor kids, and enjoying large chunks of unstructured play time. If I had told my mom that I was bored, she would have responded with a list of chores to keep me busy.

Despite this upbringing, many of us now find ourselves stuck in a cycle of having to entertain our children every minute they are awake, lest we hear the dreaded words, "I'm bored!" which can feel like a parenting failure at worst and an inconvenient annoyance to be avoided at all costs at least. This course will go over some of the benefits to your child when they have the opportunity to be bored now and again. Additionally, it will highlight similar benefits for the adults when the child is given room to play freely and be "bored". Once we understand why being bored is good for us, we can make a plan to implement entertainment-free time into our days. With seven simple steps, you can slowly and intentionally teach your child to entertain themselves and to play away the boredom that they perceive exists when you are not there to keep them happy and busy.

Who this course is for:

  • This course is for anyone raising or working with children- parents, grandparents, nannies, babysitters, daycare providers, teachers.


Erin Hinton
  • 4.6 Instructor Rating
  • 125 Reviews
  • 2,384 Students
  • 5 Courses

By day, I am a preschool teacher. By night, I am an adult educator. Both of these roles have come together in my position as program director and teacher at a parent cooperative preschool in West Sacramento, CA. I have a Masters Degree in Education, 13 years of teaching experience, and 21 years of life in the trenches, raising children. I believe what the research proves- that a child's most important development happens in the first five years. I also believe it is the highest achievement to be a life-long learner. Parents and early caregivers are the child's first teachers, and as such need support and encouragement as they navigate both the joys and challenges of working with children. No one is an island, and no one is truly alone.

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