We all agree that with every generation passing, the new ones that are coming in are a bunch of restless souls. Restless and eager for more, toddlers are brighter, eager to run before they can walk, kids are sharper, curious and have plethora of questions and teens are raging with growth hormones at an age as early as 10. Constant stimulation, engagement and entertainment every hour gives no room for boredom. Is that a good sign? I am no expert here, but Boredom isn’t a bad thing! Boredom is that time when the mind wanders, it thinks of various possibilities, opportunities, and ideas. As Robert M Pirsig, rightly said, “Boredom always precedes a period of Great Creativity”. But yes, channelizing the thoughts that occur during boredom is a must. As parents we are very quick to introduce gadgets as soon as our child utters the word BORED! When a teen is bored, it is the right time for the parent to co-create something with them or speak with the teen about his or her passion. Not preaching and being all ears, is of key importance. Teens are experimental, multi-dexterous and have a great ability for cross learning.
Teaching them new skills (not just the ones that need thorough coaching) but even basic ones that can be taught at home will prepare them for the emerging world. Experts around the world feel mere specialisation in a field will not be enough for future jobs. Adding new skill sets like effective communication, social etiquette and the ability to adjust in situations will give them an edge for these jobs. These types of skills can be introduced by parents at home and honed by coaches at a later stage.

Reading is another important skill. Reading inculcated at an early age, can sow the seed of logical reasoning and questioning in the child. A teen who reads makes informed decisions in most situations. As Margaret Fuller once said, “Today a reader, Tomorrow a Leader “ Any skill developed, small or big will work on building your teenager’s personality. So next time you see your teen getting bored, remember boredom is not a problem to be solved, it’s the privilege of the free mind.

Shubha Sharma

Founder of TeenEngage, an initiative that caters to one day and short term interactive workshops and courses to technology, performing arts,counselling etc for teenage children