We also talked about the way that boredom can force children to be creative - a distinction that Richard Louv terms being "constructively bored" as opposed to being "negatively numbed". He claims that left to their own devices constructively bored kids will eventually turn to something to relieve the boredom - such as reading a book, building a fort, painting or using a computer art program and so on. He encourages parents to nurture constructive boredom in the following ways:
- a bored child needs to spend more time with a parent or other positive adult who can do things like take them to the library or for long walks
- turn off the TV which provides huge amounts of audio and visual stimulation - let children generate these on their own
- find a balance between adult direction and child boredom. Too much supervision can kill constructive boredom and the creativity that comes with it.