Nurturing constructive boredom: take away the TV for a while

“Any parent who has punished a child by taking away TV privileges and then watched that child play–slowly at first, then imaginatively, freely–will recognize the connection between time, boredom, and creativity.  ‘There’s something about television–maybe that it provides so much in the way of audio and visual stimulations that children don’t have to generate very much on their own,’ says Aletha Shuston, co-director of the Center for Research on the Influence of Television on Children at the University of Kansas.”

– Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods, p. 169