It's Okay For Your Kids To Be Bored Over The Summer

June 24, 2019

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Summer is here, the kids are out of school and you're left with the task of trying to avoid hear those dreaded words from your kids, "I'm bored!" here are activities and summer camps galore to fill children’s time and supply much needed childcare when kids are out of school. But psychologists and child development experts suggest that over-scheduling children during the summer is unnecessary and could ultimately keep kids from discovering what truly interests them. Being an adult means occupying yourself and filling up your leisure time in a way that will make you happy. So if you are filling the kid’s entire summer calendar with activities, you are not letting your child discover what it is they enjoy doing with their leisure time. Believe it or not, boredom is crucial for developing “internal stimulus,” which then allows true creativity. Experts recommend that you sit down with their kids (at least those above the age of four) and collectively write down a list of everything your children might enjoy doing during their break. These can be basic activities, such as playing cards, reading a book, or going for a bicycle ride. They could also be more elaborate ideas such as cooking a fancy dinner, putting on a play, or practicing photography. Then, if your child comes to you throughout the summer complaining of boredom, tell them to go and look at the list. While there’s a good chance children might mope around for a while and be bored, it’s important to realize that this isn’t wasted time.

SOURCE: Quartz

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