Time to Daydream and Use Imagination

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Everyone needs silence and privacy at times. Many parents have their children in so many structured programs to "enrich" their lives that there is no times to just think and be. We should never become full time recreation directors for our children.

Lazy or Leisure?

There is a big difference between lazy and leisure. Leisure is used to regroup, engage in enjoyable activities and allow the freedom of new possibilities to engage our brain. We all need some downtime each day when we are responsible for occupying ourselves. Leisure rejuvenates and is a positive.

Lazy, on the other hand, is viewed as a negative trait. It is usually connected with an unwillingness to work or make any effort. As parents we sometimes set up a self fulfilling prophecy by calling a child who is daydreaming or thinking as lazy. It has been my experience that most people are not lazy, but discouraged and need encouragement in their endeavors.

Quiet Time for everyone

Even if your children gave up naps years ago, you may still find it important for the peace of the family to institute a quiet time in the afternoon. This little break means that he is expected to go to his room for an hour or so and play with toys or read a book.

This gives the child and parent a chance to rest, but it also teaches the child to be comfortable in his own company and to learn to play independently.

As you learn to allow and even encourage creative and imagination time, you will see you and your child as more balanced. He may be problem solving, inventing or just processing what is going on in the world around him.

Judy H. Wright is a parent educator, family coach, and personal historian who has written more than 20 books, hundreds of articles and speaks internationally on family issues, including end of life. You are invited to visit our blog at www.AskAuntieArtichoke.com for answers and suggestions which will enhance your relationships. You will also find a full listing of free tele-classes and radio shows held each Thursday just for you at www.ArtichokePress.com.

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