|Such a tragedy that I missed this!|
I just read a really interesting article by Darell Hammond in The Huffington Post entitled "In Defense of Boredom: Why it is Essential to a Happy and Healthy Childhood". This article brings up a lot of ideas about how our over-scheduled and action-packed (or television-filled) lives actually limit our children. Even in my own family where I try to make as much time for the kids to just "be", I find myself filling in the time with classes and scheduled "fun". And, what I notice most about myself is that when we take our children somewhere new, I work myself into a frenzy researching and planning in the hopes of staving off BOREDOM. Because, for me, I equate their boredom with my day dragging on interminably, having to listen to them fight or whine or worse: not have fun. But, as the author of the Huffington Post piece says:
"...boredom serves its purpose if children have both the time and space to play--and preferably, some other kids to play with. "Productive boredom" may sound like an oxymoron, but under the right circumstances, boredom will lead to child-directed activities that promote creativity, hone life skills, and enhance physical health".
|Filling a cup with spray bottles. Oh, the joy!|
Sometimes it's just the simplest things that bring the greatest pleasure and the greatest memories. For me, this is a reminder that I sometimes make parenting so much more difficult than I need to.
Thanks for reading!
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