‘I’m bored’ is a phrase I haven’t heard from our children in a long time. Mostly because they know my response to such a statement is to shriek with delight, clap my hands and tell them I’m happy to hear it – because I have a lot of chores that need to be done around the house. I don’t hear ‘I’m bored’ any more. But seriously, the ability to create and invent comes from the space that’s created from having nothing to do. Let them be bored (let them vacuum). It’s a basic life skill.