How do you react when your child laments, “I’m bored!” or “School was a drag today.” When do feelings of boredom go beyond normal, commonplace, and bearable? How do you handle the behavioral problems that stem from boredom?
These questions are addressed in The Boredom Solution: Understanding and Dealing with Boredom, by Linda Deal, published this year by Dandy Lion. This book consolidates the research on boredom and explores why children feel more bored in the school setting and how boredom relates to giftedness, ADHD, and depression. Deal offers suggestions to help families and schools handle children’s feelings of boredom and provides coping strategies for students.