With summer in full swing, often we fear our kids will become bored. There is this thought in today’s world that one of our jobs as a parent, is to entertain our child. This couldn’t be further from the truth. .
Our littles when allowed to explore, listen to sounds, play independently, daydream, and are self directed learners. Teaching and entertaining babies and littles is the quickest route to a passive, dependent, and easily bored child. .
When we allow our littles to play independently for long periods of time, *without interrupting* them, they will develop the ability to explore, problem solve, think critically, and build their focus and attention span. Resist the urge to interrupt when a baby or child is deep in the play world. .
For babies, play does not look like play to adults. It could be staring at their hands for a long time, watching the shadows on the wall, or listening to a sound. This is how babies explore and learn about the world around them. Many times we don’t realize that our words or actions could be interrupting a baby’s flow.
What about boredom in older children? Studies have shown that people are more creative when they are bored. So the next time you hear that phrase: “I’m bored” from an older child, reflect back to them their comment and give them some time to run off and play. Creativity is born from boredom. When littles are bored they exercise their imaginations. Boredom also improves psychological well-being and motivates children. .
I feel like I'm in season 5 of my life and the writers are just making ridiculous shit to keep it interesting lol if you know me you'd know that i always say this because this is how i see my life lol idk 🤷