Parents are often tempted to fill their kids’ time with activities and entertainment. We feel a bit guilty if our kids have “nothing to do.” But it’s actually important for kids to have downtime, even with “nothing to do.”
10 Reasons why kids need downtime (screens not included)
1. Kids need downtime to learn that mom or dad (or the iPad) isn’t the only source of entertainment.
2. Kids need downtime so they have a chance to look at books. A love of reading is one of the best gifts you can give your child.
3. Kids need downtime to daydream.
4. Kids need downtime to be bored. Sometimes being bored is the best inspiration.
5. Kids need downtime to learn patience.
6. Kids need downtime to rest and refresh.
7. Kids need downtime to learn contentment.
8. Kids need downtime to learn it’s OK to be quiet and still sometimes.
9. Kids need downtime to become more independent.
10. Kids need downtime to play pretend like my minimalist kid. Sometime the most fun is the fun you invent yourself.
I recently wrote about 6 things to do when you’re overwhelmed. Although these ideas are for parents, they’re applicable to kids, too.
What do your kids do during their downtime?
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