“Dad, I’m bored”: What I learned from my son’s incurable boredom | Curio

“Dad, I’m bored”: What I learned from my son’s incurable boredom

10 mins | May 25, 2021

Start your day with a dose of inspiration by listening to a carefully selected 15-minute audio story. Listen to expert voices across Technology, Business, Psychology and Health — bringing you new perspectives, insights and ideas. Released every Monday to Friday, we’ll help you practice curiosity and open-mindedness as part of your daily routine. Today's pick: Is a child ennui a sign of a parent's failure, or an existential revelation? Mark O'Connell, The Economist's 1843 Magazine parenting columnist, experienced a shocking moment with his son while being on lockdown: his child's boredom had "proceeded beyond restlessness into an encounter with the meaningless of existence itself." Here, he contemplates the moral meaning of that revelation for him as a parent.

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