Boredom is Good for Creativity

January 10th, 2016

Psychologists argue that when children have nothing to do like a structured activity or an enrichment class, then they create things to occupy their minds. It seems to make sense logically, but what can be the flip side of the whole thing? BENEFITS OF BOREDOM Like most things in life, I feel it is a question of balance.  Children need some structured activities in their lives, and they also need some time of their own to explore their own thoughts, ideas and the world around them.  Most parents fear their children getting bored and spend many hours and a great deal of money keeping their children busy with sports, music and art classes after school. They’re afraid that their kids will be bored if they have nothing to do. Yet children who are allowed to experience boredom occasionally can actually benefit in a number of ways: Boredom allows a child time to get to know himself  A child who has nothing to do is forced to think about what he likes and dislikes, and where his interests are. He will learn to do things because he wants to, not because his mum signed him up to do something, or because a friend was doing it. Boredom gives him time to think thoughts that teach him about himself. Creativity Children who are given the space and time to occupy themselves will naturally create their own entertainment.  Some will invent their own games, read a book, start a craft project.  Of course they may first go through a period of complaining that they are bored, but once they realize that it their responsibility to come up with something to overcome this boredom, children can be amazingly creative. Reading Providing you have some interesting books available, and providing you limit TV and computer time, children […]

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