Christine Carter: What should a parent do when your child says, “I’m bored!”?

The author of Raising Happiness says parents shouldn't try to save kids from boredom. Besides, the complaint usually has nothing to do with being bored.

Here’s how 4 other parenting experts say to respond…


Erica Reischer
Parent coach and clinical psychologist Erica Reischer says parents shouldn’t try to fix bad feelings. Do this instead, she advises, and the payoff will be huge.
Format: Video (0:54)

Alfie Kohn
The author of 10 books on children, education, and parenting, Alfie Kohn wants parents to not only hear what their child is saying, but listen to what’s “behind the words.” Format: Article

Mary Ann Zoellner
The co-author of “Sh*tty Moms” doesn’t go for the “I’m so sorry, honey” approach to parenting. Instead, she suggests a modern fix to an age-old whine. Format: Article

Melissa Taylor
“When my kids say, ‘Mom, I’m bored!’ they hate my answer,” says Pinterest superstar Melissa Taylor. Find out why. Format: Video (0:35)

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