Kids are bored? Let them figure out something to do

Self-sustaining activities can introduce children to new pleasures and, at the very least, invite calmness.
Self-sustaining activities can introduce children to new pleasures and, at the very least, invite calmness.PHOTO: AFP

(NYTIMES) - When the extracurricular industrial complex came to a grinding halt in the United States last spring, parents were left scrambling to fill vast hours of unscheduled time.

Some activities moved to remote instruction, but most were cancelled and keeping children engaged became the bane of parents' existence. Understandably, screens became default childcare for younger kids and social lifelines for older ones.

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