Let Them Be Bored

Sacred Heart Greenwich Middle School Faculty Blog

Let Them Be Bored

It’s been only a few days since the last final exams were turned in, summer has not yet officially begun, and yet teens in my practice are already talking about clashes with their parents around not being busy and productive enough. John, for example, puts enormous pressure on himself to get good grades in his academically rigorous independent high school despite having significant dyslexia. He became tearful as he told me that his mother has been yelling at him for “doing nothing” and waking him up at 9 AM “so he won’t sleep the day away.” Natalie, who left her freshman year of college a month early to get treated for a debilitating medical condition, got upset while relating that her mother has been “hovering over” her and asking “what I’m going to do with myself so I don’t get bored.”

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