Children should be allowed to get bored, expert says
Dr Teresa Belton told the BBC cultural expectations that children should be constantly active could hamper the development of their imagination.
Notes that Dr. Teresa Belton suggests the societal pressure to keep children constantly busy might hinder the healthy development of their imagination.
In her research Dr. Belton questioned both authors and artists, asking them to reflect on how boredom affected them as children. The creatives tended to respond that it inspired writing, painting, and other creative activities.
She quizzed quizzed authors and artists who recalled states of boredom as instances when they were most creative. One artist suggest that boredom is a "creative state."
Neuroscientist Susan Greenfield Boredom clarifies that children need boredom as an alone time that fosters imaginative thinking processes. Time without activity helps them explore their own creative thing through play and observation.
One thing that might be impeding this process is filling a child's time with too many activities or allowing too much electronics time.
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Source is BBCNews.com
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